A judgment of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal condemning or acquitting persons accused of religious offenses.
An execution of such sentence, by the civil power, esp. the burning of a heretic. It was usually held on Sunday, and was made a great public solemnity by impressive forms and ceremonies.
Hence: (Fig.) The public denunciation or punishment of a person who has offended the prevailing authorities.
A session of the court of Inquisition.