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 (ô′tō-də-fā′, ou′tō-)
n. pl. au·tos-da-fé (ô′tōz-, ou′tōz-)
1. Public announcement of the sentences imposed by the Inquisition.
2. The public execution of those sentences by secular authorities, especially by burning at the stake.

[Portuguese auto da fé : auto, act + da, of the + , faith.]
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n, pl autos-da-fé
1. (Historical Terms) history a ceremony of the Spanish Inquisition including the pronouncement and execution of sentences passed on sinners or heretics
2. (Historical Terms) the burning to death of people condemned as heretics by the Inquisition
[C18: from Portuguese, literally: act of the faith]
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(ˌɔ toʊ dəˈfeɪ)

n., pl. au•tos-da-fé.
1. the public declaration and execution of a sentence imposed by the Spanish Inquisition, esp. the burning of heretics at the stake.
2. the burning of a heretic.
[1715–25; < Portuguese: act of the faith]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)auto-da-fe - the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
burning at the stake, burning - execution by fire
Espana, Kingdom of Spain, Spain - a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
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auto-da-fé [ˈɔːtəʊdɑːˈfeɪ] N (autos-da-fe (pl)) → auto m de fe
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n pl <autos-da-fé> → Autodafé nt
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