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 autos-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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