Definition of auto-da-fé noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

auto-da-fé

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌɔːtəʊ dɑː ˈfeɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːtoʊ dɑː ˈfeɪ//
 
[uncountable, countable](from Portuguese)(pl. autos-da-fé
BrE BrE//ˌɔːtəʊz dɑː ˈfeɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːtoʊz dɑː ˈfeɪ//
 
)
 
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the practice of burning people who did not accept the religious beliefs of the Spanish Inquisition
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: auto-da-fé