- the public ceremony in which the Inquisition pronounced judgment and passed sentence on those tried as heretics
- the execution by the secular power of the sentence thus passed; esp., the public burning of a heretic
Origin of auto-da-féPort, literally , act of the faith from auto ( from Classical Latin actus, act) + da, of the + fé ( from Classical Latin fides, faith)
- 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