act of faith

Definition of act of faith

: an act requiring or displaying faith specifically : auto-da-fé

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First Known Use of act of faith

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for act of faith

translation of Portuguese auto-da-fé

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“Act of faith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/act%20of%20faith. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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