Definition of inquisition:
- 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.
- Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest.
- The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
- The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
- To make inquisistion concerning; to inquire into.
But there was much formality, an exhaustive inquisition as to Leyburn, his whereabouts, the work he was engaged upon, the purpose of his order and Frank was forced to lie as never in his life had he lied before.
- "The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009.
He not only sanctioned the prohibition of Portugal forbidding Jesuists from entering the kingdom, and consented to the abolition of the inquisition, but even requested that all persecution against the Jews should cease, and that they should be admitted to greater rights and privileges.- "Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues", John Alberger.