auto-da-fé

noun
au·​to-da-fé | \ ˌau̇-tō-də-ˈfā How to pronounce auto-da-fé (audio) , ˌȯ-tō- \
plural autos-da-fé\ ˌau̇-​tōz-​də-​ˈfā How to pronounce auto-da-fé (audio) , ˌȯ-​tōz-​ \

Definition of auto-da-fé

: the ceremony for pronouncing judgment by the Inquisition which was followed by the execution of sentence by secular authorities broadly : the burning of a heretic

First Known Use of auto-da-fé

1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auto-da-fé

Portuguese auto da fé, literally, act of the faith

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“Auto-da-fé.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auto-da-f%C3%A9. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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