- Public announcement of the sentences imposed by the Inquisition.
- The public execution of those sentences by secular authorities, especially by burning at the stake.
Origin of auto-da-fePortuguese auto da fé : auto, act + da, of the + fé, faith.
- Alternative form of auto da fe.
(plural auto da fes or autos da fe)
- Often italicized.
From Portuguese auto da fé (“act/sentence of faith”), in turn from Latin actus de fide