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INQUISITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Inquisition mean? 

INQUISITION (noun)
  The noun INQUISITION has 2 senses:

1. a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy
2. a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)

  Familiarity information: INQUISITION used as a noun is rare.


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INQUISITION (noun)


Sense 1Inquisition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("Inquisition" is a kind of...):

court; judicature; tribunal (an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business)

Instance hyponyms:

Spanish Inquisition (an inquisition initiated in 1478 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that guarded the orthodoxy of Catholicism in Spain (especially from the 15th to the 17th centuries))

Congregation of the Inquisition; Roman Inquisition (an inquisition set up in Italy in 1542 to curb the number of Protestants)


Sense 2inquisition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("inquisition" is a kind of...):

examination; interrogation; interrogatory (formal systematic questioning)


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