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English definition of “the Spanish Inquisition”

the Spanish Inquisition

noun [+ sing/pl verb]     /ˌspæn.ɪʃ.ɪn.kwɪˈzɪʃ.ən/
an organization within the Roman Catholic Church that existed from 1542 to 1834, created to punish people whose religious beliefs were considered wrongThe Roman Catholic ChurchChristian denominationsRenaissance: 1501 to 1899
(Definition of the Spanish Inquisition noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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