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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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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In literature:

Torquemada could not have done better; but Khalid, it is hoped, will yet atone for his crimes.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
There's a big streak of Torquemada in them.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Differ from a Torquemada and he will burn you.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
TORQUEMADA, first Spanish inquisitor, in fourteen years persecuted 80,000 individuals, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The church was erected by the celebrated Torquemada, who was a monk in the establishment.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
TORQUEMADA, Juan de 1723 Monarquia Indiana.
"History of the Spanish Conquest of Yucatan and of the Itzas" by Philip Ainsworth Means
Truly, Spain has changed but little, and that only in certain outward aspects, since the time of Torquemada and the Inquisition.
"Cuba" by Arthur D. Hall
Such was the deplorable state of affairs, when, as already related, Torquemada began his investigations.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
And what Torquemada in his Hexameron relateth of his schoolfellow may in his own words be read.
"The Adventurous Simplicissimus being the description of the Life of a Strange vagabond named Melchior Sternfels von Fuchshaim" by Hans Jacob Christoph von Grimmelshausen
Sleep, St. Dominic, and sleep, O Torquemada!
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Could there be a more radically unchristian figure in human history than Torquemada?
"From the Easy Chair, series 2" by George William Curtis
At an earlier day such language had handed the luckless Professor over to Torquemada.
"Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Jacob Holyoake
The Bible produced the Church of Rome, and Torquemada was a product of the Bible.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Your God becomes, or rather is, an infinite Torquemada, who denies to his countless victims even the mercy of death.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
There has been no break between Torquemada and Weyler, between the Inquisition and the infamies committed in Cuba.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 12 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Max Nordau called John Ruskin a Torquemada of AEsthetics.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
Devotion to the end justified the means to such a well-meaning fanatic as Torquemada.
"Defenseless America" by Hudson Maxim
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
Father Torquemada, another of Prescott's authorities, is thought to be scarcely more reliable.
"Alamo Ranch" by Sarah Warner Brooks
Torquemada was Provincial of the Order in Mexico.
"The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros" by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros

In poetry:

When Torquemada
Found a cat in the larder
He relinquished it without a qualm**
To the secular arm.
"Clerihew – Torquemada" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Straining with lust to stamp
Our likeness on the abyss-
Bombs, gallows, Belsen camp,
Pox, polio, Thais' kiss
Or Judas, Moloch's fires
And Torquemada's (sons resemble sires).
"Prelude to Space" by C S Lewis
Yet something sombre and severe
O'er the enchanted landscape reigned;
A terror in the atmosphere
As if King Philip listened near,
Or Torquemada, the austere,
His ghostly sway maintained.
"Castles In Spain. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

I f torture were an Olympic competition Feliks Dzerzhinsky and Lavrenty Beria — Stalin's Torquemadas — would have been gold medallists.
Carl Halverson as her husband, watchmaker Torquemada.