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Definition common 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
  • What was expected to be a quick confirmation hearing turned into an inquisition.
inquisition = harsh questioning
  • 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.
  • The Russians persecuted heresy more cruelly than the Inquisition had done.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inquisition = an investigation to discover and suppress heresy against the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church
  • The Catholic Church, through its Inquisition, is famous for cultivating Lucifer as the arch-fiend, but the Church's enemies relied no less upon the Old Boy to keep the human mind enthralled.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • inquisition = former investigations of the Roman Catholic Church undertaken to discover and suppress heresy
  • ...even in the dungeons of the Inquisition.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • inquisition = historical tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church that was created to discover and suppress heresy
  • It's the likes of you that kept the inquisition in business.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • inquisition = investigations and trials instigated by the Roman Catholic Church to discover and suppress heresy
  • In the Middle Ages there was the Inquisition.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inquisition = an investigation to discover and suppress heresy against the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Because the Inquisition killed its enemies in the open, and killed them while they were still unrepentant: in fact, it killed them because they were unrepentant.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inquisition = an investigation to discover and suppress heresy against the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church
  • 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
  • inquisitions = harsh questioning
  • It looked like a drawing of the Inquisition.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • When I was at Portugal, there was held at that time the court of justice of the Inquisition.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Let the inquisition rest tonight.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • 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
  • " "Inquisition," said Isaac.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • 'I warned them that the Sahibs will be angry and will make an inquisition and a report to the Rajah.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • 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
  • When he had gone, she felt released from an inquisition.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • And their inquisition went on for maybe six hours.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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