1. The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation. "As I could learn through earnest inquisition." (Latimer) "Let not search and inquisition quail To bring again these foolish runaways." (Shak)

2. Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest. The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry. "The justices in eyre had it formerly in charge to make inquisition concerning them by a jury of the county." (Blackstone)

3. 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.

Origin: L. Inquisitio: cf. F. Inquisition. See Inquire, and cf. Inquest.

(01 Mar 1998)

inquiline parasite, inquiry, inquiry, inquiry/response system < Prev | Next > inquisitively, inquisitor, inracinate

Bookmark with: icon icon icon icon iconword visualiser Go and visit our forums Community Forums