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inquisition

noun [C]     /ˌɪn.kwɪˈzɪʃ.ən/ formal disapproving
a period of asking questions in a detailed and unfriendly way: The police subjected him to an inquisition that lasted twelve hours .Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
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