- 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, especially the burning of condemned heretics at the stake.
Origin of auto-da-fé
Examples from the Web for auto-da-fe
He had been unable to attend the auto-da-fe at which the heretics were committed to the flames.Barbara Blomberg, Complete
Princes of the Church and magistrates were present at these auto-da-fe.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
He must have seen the horizon of the future red with the flames of the Auto-da-Fe.The Christian Religion
Robert G. Ingersoll
Judas serves in Brazil for a Guy Faux to be carried about by the boys, and made the subject of an auto-da-fe.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
It is Kropotkine especially who attributes immense importance to these auto-da-fe.Anarchism and Socialism
- history a ceremony of the Spanish Inquisition including the pronouncement and execution of sentences passed on sinners or heretics
- the burning to death of people condemned as heretics by the Inquisition
Word Origin and History for auto-da-fe
1723, "sentence passed by the Inquisition" (plural autos-da-fé), from Portuguese auto-da-fé "judicial sentence or act of the faith," especially the public burning of a heretic, from Latin actus de fide, literally "act of faith." Although the Spanish Inquisition is better-known today, there also was one in Portugal.