Inquisition

Definitions of Inquisition
1

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

Examples:
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
an inquisition set up in Italy in 1542 to curb the number of Protestants
Type of:
court, judicature, tribunal
an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business

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