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inquisition
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition common noun:  questioning or investigation — often implying harsh questioning

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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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