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auto-da-fé

au·to-da-fé [or] au·to-da-fe

auto-da-fé [or] auto-da-fe

 
pronunciation:
aU to th feI
part of speech: noun
inflections: autos-da-fé
definition 1: the public announcement of the judgment and sentences passed and imposed on people tried as heretics during the Spanish Inquisition.
definition 2: the public execution of such sentences, esp. the burning of heretics at the stake.