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 for Auto-da-f[''e]
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  auto-da-fe \auto-da-fe\, Auto-da-f'e \Au"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
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     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.
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     3. Hence: [Fig.] The public denunciation or punishment of a
        person who has offended the prevailing authorities.
     4. A session of the court of Inquisition.
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