noun, plural au·tos-da-fé.
- auto court,
- auto lift,
- auto racing,
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|Georg Ebers
Nono: the lingering flames of the auto-da-fe are reserved for the Marquis dOrsini!Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf|George W. M. Reynolds
Now, on this occasion, he deftly applied a Japanese blister, which burned as fiercely as an auto-da-fe of the year 1600.The Physiology of Marriage, Complete|Honore de Balzac
It is Kropotkine especially who attributes immense importance to these auto-da-fe.Anarchism and Socialism|George Plechanoff
Indeed, there were not wanting many heretic-hating persons who affirmed that an auto-da-fe was got up expressly for the occasion.
noun plural autos-da-fé
Word Origin for auto-da-fé
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.