inquisition

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquisitio

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

inquisition (plural inquisitions)

  1. an investigation or inquiry into the truth of some matter
    • Latimer
      as I could learn through earnest inquisition
    • Shakespeare
      Let not search and inquisition quail / To bring again these foolish runaways.
  2. an inquest
  3. a questioning
  4. The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
    • Blackstone
      The justices in eyre had it formerly in charge to make inquisition concerning them by a jury of the county.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

inquisition (third-person singular simple present inquisitions, present participle inquisitioning, simple past and past participle inquisitioned)

  1. (obsolete) To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquisitio

Noun[edit]

inquisition f (plural inquisitions)

  1. inquisition

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