Search Result for "autos-da-f`e":

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

auto-da-fe \auto-da-fe\, Auto-da-f'e \Au"to-da-f['e]"\, n.; pl. Autos-da-f['e]. [Pg., act of the faith; auto act, fr. L. actus + da of the + f['e] faith, fr. L. fides.] 1. A judgment of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal condemning or acquitting persons accused of religious offenses. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence: [Fig.] The public denunciation or punishment of a person who has offended the prevailing authorities. [PJC] 4. A session of the court of Inquisition. [1913 Webster]