Spanish Inquisition

Spanish Inquisition

the Inquisition in Spain, under state control from 1480 to 1834, marked by the extreme severity and cruelty of its proceedings in the 16th century. Unabridged
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Spanish Inquisition
See also Inquisition the institution that guarded the orthodoxy of Catholicism in Spain, chiefly by the persecution of heretics, Jews, etc, esp from the 15th to 17th centuries

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Spanish Inquisition definition

The church court of the Inquisition, as established in Spain in the late fifteenth century. (See also Tomás de Torquemada.)

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