The best known of the Roman Catholic inquisitions, is the Spanish Inquisition which is remembered for instances of harsh punishment, and for instances of torture to encourage a confession. It began in 1480 and was not officially ended until 1834. Historians believe many of those punished were selected so their wealth could be confiscated by the throne. There is disagreement regarding the number of executions. Older historical sources often cited executions in the tens of thousands. Today 3-5,000 executions is more commonly cited.
What was expected to be a quick confirmation hearing turned into an inquisition.
a general inquisition into his reputation and conduct
In Spain, the Inquisition lasted until 1834; though severe abuses had stopped prior to that.
The Inquisition would have imprisoned Goya were it not for the intervention of the King.
...even in the dungeons of the Inquisition.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Pit and the Pendulum
It’s the likes of you that kept the inquisition in business.
Athol Fugard -- Master Harold...and the Boys
She slaps awkwardly down into a chair far too plush for an inquisition.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
In the spirit of mock inquisition, we called the subject the "victim."
Jerry Spinelli -- Stargirl
Mrs. Brown did not realize it at the time, but her inquisition ended before it started, and no amount of cajolery or intimidation on her part would wreak a confession or a betrayal from the brotherhood she now interrogated.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
At parties they start to ask leading questions that have the ring of inquisition; they are interested in my positions, my dogmas.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
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The Inquisition had its headquarters there, you know.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
It sounds like something out of a history book — the Inquisition, or something.’
Edith Nesbit -- The Railway Children
And their inquisition went on for maybe six hours.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
When I have returned you will be master of all the facts, and we can then better enter on our inquisition.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
Then why the inquisition?
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
She’d asked Wes about the shoes when they started to multiply, but after her first inquisition, she’d left the subject alone.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
You proved that long ago …. the inquisition, the torture of the Knights Templar, the Crusades.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
As the familiar inquisition resumes, Tom becomes hard and impatient again.
Tennessee Williams -- The Glass Menagerie
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.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
"But yourself, monsieur," said Athos, who began to be annoyed by this inquisition, "give me, I beg you, the proof that you have the right to question me."
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Even when the East excited me most, even when I was most keenly aware of its superiority to the bored, sprawling, swollen towns beyond the Ohio, with their interminable inquisitions which spared only the children and the very old — even then it had always for me a quality of distortion.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
I imagined her joining me every time I stopped to eat, hovering outside gas station bathrooms, her inexhaustible inquisitions waiting for me whenever my vehicle paused at a light.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
It was because, of all the tortures which he had undergone in the course of this long inquisition to which destiny had doomed him, this was the most terrible.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
You have often Begun to tell me what I am: but stopp’d, And left me to a bootless inquisition, Concluding ’Stay; not yet.’
William Shakespeare -- The Tempest
Save it for your CIA inquisition.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
O you inquisitional drunken jewjesuit!
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Let the inquisition rest tonight.
Joy Kogawa -- Obasan
If anything was to happen to me, I don’t want the Norwegians holding inquisitions over me to see whether I’m good enough to be laid amongst ’em.’
Willa Cather -- My Antonia
Their old one that they had before the new religion came from the far end of the Mediterranean, the one they have never abandoned but only suppressed and hidden to bring it out again in wars and inquisitions.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
OEDIPUS But was no search and inquisition made?
Sophocles -- Oedipus the King
I’ll tell you, inquisitions haven’t worked out well for my people in the past.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
Nothing is hidden from their inquisition, and their families mutely rule our city.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
The principal launched his inevitable inquisition.
James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
And it isn’t much inconvenience, either, to have one drop of water fall on your head; yet the worst torture of the inquisition is produced by drop after drop, drop after drop, falling moment after moment, with monotonous succession, on the same spot; and work, in itself not hard, becomes so, by being pressed, hour after hour, with unvarying, unrelenting sameness, with not even the consciousness of free-will to take from its tediousness.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Send to his brother; fetch that gallant hither: If he be absent, bring his brother to me, I’ll make him find him: do this suddenly; And let not search and inquisition quail To bring again these foolish runaways.
William Shakespeare -- As You Like It
No Hey, how’s it going, just demon-eyed inquisition.
Ellen Hopkins -- Identical
We went back to the dispensary for a new pair and cleared another inquisition; we only just cleared it.
Saul Bellow -- The Adventures of Augie March
He would be Death, or Death ’s errand-runner, a hollow-eyed technician from the plague era, from the era of inquisitions, endless wars, of bedlams and leprosariums.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
’I warned them that the Sahibs will be angry and will make an inquisition and a report to the Rajah.
Rudyard Kipling -- Kim
Till the end she labored to satisfy the inquisition.
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
A Star Chamber inquisition was in session; a troublemaker, or a man with doubts, was being eliminated in the name of a greater crime, in the remote possibility that he might have committed it.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
Our own clergy were forbid to preach against popery, and bishops were ordered to supend those who did; and to do the business at once an illegal ecclesiastical commission was erected, little inferior to an inquisition, of which, probably, it was intended to be the ringleader.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
Those of us who live in a society where various political tendencies exist side by side and competing influences cancel or limit one another can manage more or less to escape the kitsch inquisition: the individual can preserve his individuality; the artist can create unusual works.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
When he had gone, she felt released from an inquisition.
Doris Lessing -- The Grass is Singing
9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
The Bible -- Psalms
It’s an inquisition.
Ted Dekker -- White: The Great Pursuit
This inquisition has led to my having many enemies of the worst and most dangerous kind, and has given occasion also to many calumnies.
Plato -- The Apology
Behind the thick lenses of his horn-rimmed glasses, his eyes were as large as those of a persistent interrogator in a dream of inquisition.
Dean Koontz -- Sole Survivor
The swaying and sonorous Doctor, whom I made to sit swinging his braces over a gas-fire, was to him nothing but an instrument of the inquisition.
Virginia Woolf -- The Waves
After the brief, awkward confrontation with the American, Carlos had resumed his ice-cold inquisition, his burning savage self just below the frozen surface.