from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Torquemada, Tomás de 1420-1498. Spanish Dominican friar who was appointed grand inquisitor by Pope Innocent VIII (1487). Under his authority, thousands of Jews, suspected witches, and others were killed or tortured during the Spanish Inquisition.

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  • n. 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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  • He was often called Torquemada, from his harsh and abstemious habits.

    South Wind

  • If the base is enraged by the actions of an “out-of-control” prosecutot, they may DEMAND that Bush appoint a brand-name Torquemada like Brown or Luttig.

    Think Progress » “White House advisers

  • It produced a Turricremata, alias Torquemada, who, shedding floods of honest tears, caused his victims to be burnt alive; and an Anchieta, the Thaumaturgist of Brazil, who beheaded a converted heretic lest the latter by lapse from grace lose his immortal soul.

    The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi

  • A man called Torquemada conducted his religious crusade in the same way some hundreds of years ago, and has been cursed for his system by humanity ever since.

    The Bishop's Secret

  • Turricremata, alias Torquemada, who, shedding floods of honest tears, caused his victims to be burnt alive; and an Anchieta, the

    The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi

  • Recalling Torquemada's criticism of the Council of Basel for allowing its members to genuflect when they sang the article of the Creed concerning the Church, de Lubac concludes that a shift in our focus of interest can sometimes symptomize a doctrinal debilitation and hollowness far graver than more obvious errors.

    Musings of a Pertinacious Papist

  • Sometimes, as a special treat, he would turn over the page of the paper and we would gaze respectfully together at the unapproachable intellectual heights of what was then signed "Torquemada", in the way that two simple ramblers might look at the Matterhorn without ever aspiring to climb it.

    Azed: a giant among crosswords

  • "Torquemada," for over thirty years promised, came forth in 1882, to prove that the wizard-wand had not lost its cunning.


  • Prædicatorum, fol. 80-81) calls Torquemada "the hammer of heretics, the light of Spain, the saviour of his country, the honour of his order".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • (variant, Ximenes) de Cisneros, Spanish prelate and Queen Isabella's confessor and the Inquisitor General of Castile and Leon, when he succeeded "Torquemada," the original cryptic crossworder of The Observer.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 3


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