The definition of auto-de-fe is a medieval Spanish term for “act of faith” and is the name of a public ceremony held during the Inquisition when convicted heretics were sentenced and executed.
Burning someone at the stake is an example of auto-de-fe.
auto de fe
nounpl. au′tos de fe′
Origin of auto de feSpanish
(plural autos de fe)
- Alternative form of auto da fe.
- Alternative form of auto de fe.