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Savonarola

[sav-uh-nuh-roh-luh; Italian sah-vaw-nah-raw-lah] /ˌsæv ə nəˈroʊ lə; Italian ˌsɑ vɔ nɑˈrɔ lɑ/
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1.
Girolamo
[ji-rol-uh-moh;; Italian jee-raw-lah-maw] /dʒɪˈrɒl əˌmoʊ;; Italian dʒiˈrɔ lɑ mɔ/ (Show IPA),
1452–98, Italian monk, reformer, and martyr.
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  • Gallileo, as we know, and Savonarola suffered for their crimes.

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  • The first may refer to song-books, which actually were burnt by Savonarola.

  • See first part of Villari's well known biography of Savonarola.

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  • And in that rumour Savonarola had heard the assurance that his prophecy was being verified.

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  • “I do not desire the death of Bernardo,” said Savonarola, colouring deeply.

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  • Savonarola, according to his habit, had taken he notice of these pulpit attacks.

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  • They brought the spreading Plague and the Excommunication of Savonarola.

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  • Romola gave a slight start, but her impulse now was to do just what Savonarola told her.

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  • In defiance of the Papal mandate the Signoria requested Savonarola to preach.

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British Dictionary definitions for Savonarola

Savonarola

/Italian savonaˈrɔːla/
noun
1.
Girolamo (dʒiˈrɔːlamo). 1452–98, Italian religious and political reformer. As a Dominican prior in Florence he preached against contemporary sinfulness and moral corruption. When the Medici were expelled from the city (1494) he instituted a severely puritanical republic but lost the citizens' support after being excommunicated (1497). He was hanged and burned as a heretic
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Word Origin and History for Savonarola

Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), Dominican monk famous for his fierce opposition to moral license and Church corruption.

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