noun (plural autos-da-fé)
1The burning of a heretic by the Spanish Inquisition.
- They are then dressed in the traditional garb for heretics punished in an auto-da-fé.
- Impenitents - heretics burned at the stake during autos-da-fé - wore black san benitos decorated with devils and flames.
- The recent autos-da-fé, however, should serve as reminders of the region's turbulent past and warnings of a possible return to violence and instability in the near future.
Early 18th century: from Portuguese, literally 'act of the faith'.
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