auto-da-fe auto-da-fe

Definition(s):

  • (n) the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)

Usage(s):

  1. He performs an auto-da-fe in front of the residence of Theresa LePore, the Palm Beach supervisor of elections, a Democrat.
  2. The auto-da-fethe parade and ritual sentencing of Jews and heretics, sometimes followed by spectacular public burnings was not abolished in Lisbon until 1765.
  3. You could catch Jean-Luc Godard in a typically impish auto-da-fe.

News

  • GOP: Stop being so negative, show interest in governing

    Posted Oct. 27, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. The American political class is facing a perfect storm of public contempt. Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy, with a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fe.
    on October 28, 2013     Source: Bangor Daily News

Quotes

  1. "When I first started, I did a lot of late shows," Morris says. "Incredibly pissed people would come in, and they were coming for an auto-da-fe. They just wanted to hear swear words and see some tits, basically. And they wanted to take you...
    on Jul 4, 2008 By: Julia Morris Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. As British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said in a speech in 2004: "Think only of the words Europe's treatment of the Jews added to the vocabulary of mankind: exile, expulsion, inquisition, auto-da-fe, ghetto, pogrom - and the word for which there is...
    on Jun 10, 2008 By: Jonathan Sacks Source: Jerusalem Post

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