Auto-da-fe definitions

ô'tō-də-fā', ou'tō-
Public announcement of the sentences imposed by the Inquisition.
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The public execution of those sentences by secular authorities, especially by burning at the stake.
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The public ceremony in which the Inquisition pronounced judgment and passed sentence on those tried as heretics.
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The execution by the secular power of the sentence thus passed; esp., the public burning of a heretic.
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Alternative form of auto da fe.
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The public announcement of the sentences imposed by the Inquisition on supposed heretics.
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The public execution of those sentences, often by burning at the stake.
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Origin of auto-da-fe

From Portuguese auto da fé (“act/sentence of faith”), in turn from Latin actus de fide