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Torquemada

(Inquisitor-general of Spain, 1420-1498). A Dominican of excessive zeal, who multiplied confiscations, condemnations, and punishments to a frightful extent; and his hatred of the Jews and Moors was diabolical.

“General Strelnikoff was the greatest scoundrel who defiled the earth since Torquemada.” —Stepniak: The Explosion of the Winter Palace, February, 1880.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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