Meaning of auto-da-fé


Pronunciation: (ô"tō-du-fā'), [key]
— pl. au•tos-da-fé.
  1. the public declaration of the judgment passed on persons tried in the courts of the the Spanish Inquisition, followed by the execution by the civil authorities of the sentences imposed, esp. the burning of condemned heretics at the stake.
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