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Spanish Inquisition   /spˈænɪʃ ˌɪnkwəzˈɪʃən/   Listen
Spanish Inquisition

noun
1.
An inquisition initiated in 1478 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that guarded the orthodoxy of Catholicism in Spain (especially from the 15th to the 17th centuries).  "Torquemada was the inquisitor general for the Spanish Inquisition"






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"Spanish Inquisition" Quotes from Famous Books



... agonies which Nature inflicts on men (who break her laws) to be represented as the work of human tormentors; as the gout, by screwing the toes. Thus we might find that worse than the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition are daily suffered without ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866 • Various

... Conceive, now, the state of affairs where everybody is more or less employed by the community—the community, that comfortable word!—in some patriotic business or other. Everybody an official, all controlling each other! It would be worse than the Spanish Inquisition. A man could live at Toledo by subscribing to certain fixed opinions; he could be assured of a reasonable degree of privacy. Nothing could save him, under socialism. An insupportable world! When people cease to reflect ...
— South Wind • Norman Douglas



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