Auto-da-fe definition

ôtō-də-fā, outō-
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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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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of auto-da-fe - auto de fe, auto-da-f, auto-da-f-e

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
auto-da-fe
Plural:
autos-da-fe, auto-da-fes, autos-da-f

Origin of auto-da-fe

  • Portuguese auto da fé auto act da of the faith

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary