girolamo savonarola


[sav-uh-nuh-roh-luh; Italian sah-vaw-nah-raw-lah]
Girolamo [ji-rol-uh-moh; Italian jee-raw-lah-maw] , 1452–98, Italian monk, reformer, and martyr. Unabridged
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Savonarola (Italian savonaˈrɔːla)
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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in ref. to Girolamo Savonarola (1452-98), Dominican monk famous for his fierce opposition to moral license and Church corruption.
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