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 (ĭn′kwĭ-zĭsh′ən, ĭng′-)
1. The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation. See Synonyms at inquiry.
2. Law An inquest.
a. Inquisition A tribunal formerly held in the Roman Catholic Church and directed at the suppression of heresy.
b. An investigation that violates the privacy or rights of individuals, especially through rigorous or harsh interrogation.
c. A rigorous or severe questioning: "Looking pained at having to endure another inquisition [from the press, the football coach] assumed his usual monotone as he parried questions" (Judy Battista).

[Middle English inquisicioun, from Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquīsītiō, inquīsītiōn-, from inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.]

in′qui·si′tion·al adj.
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The inquisitional documents (specifically edicts and testimonies concerning the conversos) of Cervantes's time reflect these practices.
"Once the identity of the accused individuals was established, they would be seized, thrust into inquisitional dungeons, interrogated (occasionally under torture), and sentenced to a variety punishments, ranging from terms of penitential service to imprisonment or to 'relaxation,' that is, death," Howard Sachar wrote in his book "Farewell Espana: The World of the Sephardim Remembered."
For from that moment on, and for many years to come, Mariana would be besieged with Inquisitional assignments.
No, we do not operate the inquisitional mode of justice as it is practised by the French.
Naturally in those days of Tridentine strictures on imaginative literature and the dangers of Inquisitional investigation to suspected practitioners of magic, an author could hardly allow the presence of efficacious magic in his works, and Cervantes therefore always weakens or questions its effects within his plots.
(107) The "tres bonetes" Elena mentions is an example of synecdoche that refers to the headwear Inquisitional authorities wore during tribunal sessions (Garcia SantoTomas 107, n.
In most cases retro-reports can offer only unctuous weasel words of one-sided self-justification, risking (as at Hillsborough) all the confirmation bias and potential for accepting fabricated evidence inherent to inquisitional methods - not the change of hearts and minds required for genuine reform obliging elected and official leaders to base mutual respect upon sharing, and upholding amongst their subordinates (by example in the first instance), the principles of human rights and public service.
Ultimately, disputational knowledge, based on force_ --the force of authority, physical strength, combative style, etc.-, was succeeded by an inquisitional knowledge based on testimonies extracted through interrogation.
And while always the scholar, Adler nonetheless found a way to slip in words of praise for Jews and support for the United States' actions during the Spanish-American War, in an account of an inquisitional trial in Mexico, a document that at first blush had no apologetic motif at all.
(19) For example, a 1315 writ of inquisition was made on William de Lillebon, 'a lunatic, whose lands and tenements by reason of his idiotcy [sic] are in our hands', and having died, 'as we are told, we command you diligently to enquire what lands and tenements came to our hands by reason of his idiotcy, etc.' (20) The inquisitional testimony stated that William was a lunatic.
Defined by Webster's Dictionary as "the use of indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations, sensationalism, inquisitional investigative methods, etc., as in the suppression of political opponents portrayed as subversive," the term is now used as a weapon not only by the political Left, but also by far too many on the political Right.
Their topics include illness as divine punishment: the nature and function of the disease-carrier demons in ancient Egyptian magical texts, illness and healing through spell and incantation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the influence of demons on the human mind according to Athenagoras and Tatian, the melancholy of the necromancer in Arnau de Vilanova's epistle against demonic magic, and healing with demons: preternatural philosophy and superstitious cures in Spanish inquisitional courts.