Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Inquisition - An investigation or inquiry of an official
or judicial nature; in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,
the Catholic church conducted rigorous tribunals of Inquisition
to identify and suppress heresy and punish heretics. These
were especially severe in Spain.
A former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820)
created to discover and suppress heresy.
The official persecution of heresy by special ecclesiastical
courts; formally constituted by the papacy in the 13th century.