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Line breaks: auto-da-fé
Pronunciation: /ˌɔːtəʊdɑːˈfeɪ

Definition of auto-da-fé in English:

noun (plural autos-da-fé /ˌɔːtəʊz-/)

1The burning of a heretic by the Spanish Inquisition.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A sentence condemning a person to an auto-da-fé.


early 18th century: from Portuguese, literally 'act of the faith'.

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