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Inquisition (n.) The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
Inquisition (n.) Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest.
Inquisition (n.) The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
Inquisition (n.) A court or tribunal for the examination and punishment of heretics, fully established by Pope Gregory IX. in 1235. Its operations were chiefly confined to Spain, Portugal, and their dependencies, and a part of Italy.
Inquisition (v. t.) To make inquisistion concerning; to inquire into.