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inquisition

noun examination, harassment, inquest, inquiry, interrogation, oppression, scrutiny, unfair inquiry
See also: chase, cross-examination, examination, hearing, indagation, inquiry, interrogation, legal proceeding, pursuit, question, research, scrutiny, study, test, trial

INQUISITION, practice. An examination of certain facts by a jury impanelled by the sheriff for the purpose; the instrument of writing on which their decision is made is also called an inquisition. The sheriff or coroner and the jury who make the inquisition, are called the inquest.
     2. An inquisition on an untimely death, if omitted by the coroner, may be taken by justices of gaol delivery and oyer and terminer. or of the peace, but it must be done publicly and openly, otherwise it will be quashed. Inquisitions either of the coroner, or of the other jurisdictions, are traversable. 1 Burr. 18, 19.

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The Copernican system, the conception of the solar system that has the sun rather than Earth at its center, was formally accepted by Harvard College only 23 years after Galileo Galilei had been forced by the Roman Catholic Inquisition to repudiate it.

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