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English definition of “the Inquisition”

the Inquisition

noun [S] uk   /ˌɪn.kwɪˈzɪʃ.ən/ us  
in the past, an official organization in the Roman Catholic Church whose purpose was to find and punish people who opposed its beliefsThe Roman Catholic ChurchChristian denominations
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