auto-da-fe

Definition of auto-da-fe

n.1.A judgment of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal condemning or acquitting persons accused of religious offenses.
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.
3.A session of the court of Inquisition.

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burning, burning at the stake, Espana, Kingdom of Spain, Spain
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