Auto-da-f\'eAu"to-da-f['e]"\, n.; pl. Autos-da-f['e]. [Pg., act of the faith; auto act, fr. L. actus + da of the + f['e] faith, fr. L. fides.]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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