from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Auto-da-Fé.
  • n. See Auto-da-fé.


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  • The idea that Nash is engaged in a lifelong act of faith in the face of a poor prognosis for nature is irresistible when, surrounded by the assembled congregation’ in the Capel Rhiw, you look up to the inscription still there in Welsh above the central east window: Sancteiddrwydd a weddai i’th dŷ Sanctify this house with prayer’.


  • This necessity (necessitas medii) arises per accidens, and is suspended only by a Divine dispention in cases of extreme necessity, where such an act of faith is either physically or morally impossible, as in the case of pagans or those dying in a state of unconsciousness.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • A delightful chapter, charmingly written with much of detail, not because of its romantic character but because in it is recorded an act of faith which transfigures the ordinary experiences of life.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1


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