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  • n. Alternative form of auto de fe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as auto-da-fé.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The public declaration of the judgment passed on accused persons who had been tried before the courts of the Spanish Inquisition, and by extension the infliction of such penalties as had been prescribed in the sentence.


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  • Orin, this mini-me version of an auto-de-fe you are conducting (I have no need to prove my conservative and classical liberal bona fides to you), with you as the prosecutor, judge and jury (together with a claque of three or four) is telling of your own misdirections, not mine.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lawyers, Treason, and Deception: A Response to Andrew McCarthy

  • As in the last sacrifice four women did honour to the truth, so in the following auto-de-fe we have the like number of females and males, who suffered 30, 1557, at Canterbury, and were J. F.shcock, F. White,

    Fox's Book of Martyrs Or A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs

  • The jubilee of adoration to the golden colossus of Bel, the flaming _auto-de-fe_ for the refractory holy children; the voluptuous dance exhibited during the meal of

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 6, June 1810

  • For there will be an auto-de-fe among all the peoples by whom the woman has been supported.

    Commentary on Revelation

  • Wherever he looked he saw these tall, pointed red caps, resembling, he thought, those worn by the victims of an _auto-de-fe_, as one of Walsingham's secretaries had described them to him; and he ground his teeth at them, as thought they grinned at him like emissaries of the Inquisition.

    The Chaplet of Pearls

  • He was preceded by four serjeants, bearing halberds; and his solemn deportment, sheared head, and plain attire, with their grave aspect and ordinary apparel, might have suggested the idea of an inquisitorial judge and his attendant ministers of justice, preparing to conduct the ceremonies of an auto-de-fe.

    A Peep at the Pilgrims in Sixteen Hundred Thirty-Six

  • It is thus, that for opinions, which no man can demonstrate, we see the Brahmin despised; the Mahommedan hated; the Pagan held in contempt; that they oppress and disdain each with the most rancorous animosity: the Christian burns the Jew at what is called an _auto-de-fe_, because he clings to the faith of his fathers: the

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

  • The Act II auto-de-fe scene with crowds on stage was unclear as was the revelation of the identity of the monk in the opening scene.

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  • Let us be clear, this is not a request for some Inquisition-style auto-de-fe of the heretics, accompanied by protracted bouts of public flagellation.

    The Belgravia Dispatch

  • We are enjoying this public pillorying, this auto-de-fe.

    Daily News & Analysis


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