Torquemada Tomás de
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Tor·que·ma·da(tôr′kə-mä′də, tôr′kĕ-mä′thä), Tomás de 1420-1498.
Spanish Dominican friar who headed the Spanish Inquisition (1483-1498). Under his authority thousands of people, many of them descendants of Jewish or Muslim converts to Christianity, were tortured and executed for apostasy and heresy.
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