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Definition of the Spanish Inquisition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    the Spanish Inquisition

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  1. 1the organization set up by the Roman Catholic Church in Spain in the 15th century to punish people who opposed its beliefs, known for its cruel and severe methods
  2. 2(often humorous) used to say that you do not like the fact that someone is questioning you a lot about something What is this? The Spanish Inquisition?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: the Spanish Inquisition