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  • n. Alternative form of auto da fe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A judgment of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal condemning or acquitting persons accused of religious offenses.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A session of the court of Inquisition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as auto de fe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)

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  • "'Though there are no Auto-da-Fe's in Lima now,' said one of the company to another; 'I fear our sailor friend runs risks of the archiepiscopacy.'"

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 54

    July 25, 2008