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Auto-da-fe   Listen
noun
auto-da-fe  n.  (pl. autos-da-fé)  
1.
A judgment of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal condemning or acquitting persons accused of religious offenses.
2.
An execution of such sentence, by the civil power, esp. the burning of a heretic. It was usually held on Sunday, and was made a great public solemnity by impressive forms and ceremonies.
3.
Hence: (Fig.) The public denunciation or punishment of a person who has offended the prevailing authorities.
4.
A session of the court of Inquisition.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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