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Definitioncommon noun: questioning or investigation — often implying harsh questioning
proper noun: a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (or their investigations) created to discover and suppress heresy
- The ancient Surveyor—being little molested, I suppose, at that early day with business pertaining to his office—seems to have devoted some of his many leisure hours to researches as a local antiquarian, and other inquisitions of a similar nature.Introductory (66% in)
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