from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation. See Synonyms at inquiry.
- n. Law An inquest.
- n. Law The verdict of a judicial inquiry.
- n. A tribunal formerly held in the Roman Catholic Church and directed at the suppression of heresy.
- n. An investigation that violates the privacy or rights of individuals.
- n. A rigorous, harsh interrogation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an investigation or inquiry into the truth of some matter
- n. an inquest
- n. a questioning
- v. To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
- n. Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest.
- n. The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of inquiring; close search or examination; investigation; inquiry.
- n. In law: Inquiry by a jury impaneled by the sheriff, a coroner, or a board of commissioners, to ascertain facts necessary for judicial or legal purposes other than the trial of an action.
- n. The document embodying the result of such inquiry.
- n. [capitalized] In the Roman Catholic Church, an ecclesiastical court, officially styled the Holy Office, for the suppression of heresy by the detection and punishment of heretics and by other means.
- To subject to inquisition or inquiry; investigate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
- n. a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy
Middle English inquisicioun, from Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquīsītiō, inquīsītiōn-, from inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)