Tomas de Torquemada

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Noun1.Tomas de Torquemada - the Spaniard who as Grand Inquisitor was responsible for the death of thousands of Jews and suspected witches during the Spanish Inquisition (1420-1498)
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The Spanish Inquisition, with Tomas Torquemada on a tear, convicted heretics, but then let the state carry out the punishment.