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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·qui·si·tion /ˌɪnkwəˈzɪʃən, ˌɪŋ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·qui·si·tion n.
 1. The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
    As I could learn through earnest inquisition.   --Latimer.
 Let not search and inquisition quail
 To bring again these foolish runaways.   --Shak.
 2. Law (a) Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest. (b) The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
    The justices in eyre had it formerly in charge to make inquisition concerning them by a jury of the county.   --Blackstone.
 3. R. C. Ch. 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·qui·si·tion, v. t. To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820)
           created to discover and suppress heresy
      2: a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or
         privacy of individuals)