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Torquemada, Tomás de

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishTorquemada, Tomás deTomás de TorquemadaTor‧que‧ma‧da, Tom‧ás de /ˌtɔːkwɪˈmɑːdə $ ˌtɔːr-, ˈtɒməs də $ təʊˈmɑːs-/  (1420–98) a Spanish Christian leader who started the Spanish inquisition, the Roman Catholic organization that persecuted (persecute ) and punished heretics (=people whose religious beliefs are considered unacceptable). He is known for hurting and killing thousands of people in very cruel ways.
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