noun au·to–da–fé \ˌau̇-tō-də-ˈfā, ˌȯ-tō-\

Definition of auto–da–fé



play \-tōz-də-\
  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of auto–da–fé

Portuguese auto da fé, literally, act of the faith

First Known Use: 1688

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