killing by burning
   Literally (translated from the Portuguese) the act of faith of the Inquisition, itself in its own eyes no more than an inquiry. The Spanish auto de fé was no less palatable. However, before the Anglo-Saxons start preening themselves, they should recall that the English contemporary foul-mouthed Lord Chancellor, Thomas More, reintroduced and rejoiced in the burning of Protestants. On 5 November 2000 Pope John Paul II in Rome proclaimed him to be the patron saint of politicians.

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  • AUTO DA FÉ — ( Act of Faith ), name given in Portugal to the ceremony of the pronouncing of judicial sentence by the Inquisition and the reconciliation of penitents: the corresponding Spanish form is Auto de Fé, the Italian Atto di Fede, etc. While the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Auto-da-fé — est le premier et unique roman de l écrivain de langue allemande Elias Canetti, prix Nobel de littérature. Publié à Vienne en 1935 sous le titre Die Blendung (L aveuglement), il paraît une première fois en France en 1949 sous le titre La Tour de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Auto-da-Fé — (original title Die Blendung , The Blinding ) is a 1935 novel by Elias Canetti; the title of the English translation (by C. V. Wedgwood, 1946) refers to the burning of heretics by the Inquisition. The book was banned by the Nazis and did not… …   Wikipedia

  • auto-da-fe — (n.) 1723, sentence passed by the Inquisition (pl. autos da fé), from Port. auto da fé judicial sentence or act of the faith, especially the public burning of a heretic, from L. actus de fide, lit. act of faith. Although the Spanish Inquisition… …   Etymology dictionary

  • auto-da-fé — [ôt΄ō də fā′, out′ō də fā′] n. pl. autos da fé [Port, lit., act of the faith < auto (< L actus, ACT1) + da, of the + fé ( < L fides, faith)] 1. the public ceremony in which the Inquisition pronounced judgment and passed sentence on those …   English World dictionary

  • Auto da Fe — (span., v. lat. Actus fidei, d.i. Glaubenshandlung), sonst in Spanien u. Portugal unter feierlicher Procession vollzogene Bestrafung der von der Inquisition verurtheilten Ketzer. Man hielt sie gewöhnlich an einem Sonntage zwischen Pfingsten u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • auto-da-fé — AUTO DA FÉ. s. masc. Mot emprunté de l Espagnol, qui signifie Acte de foi. Exécution du Jugement que l Inquisition rend contre les malheureux qui lui sont déférés. L Auto dafé fait horreur à l humanité …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Auto da Fe — Auto da Fe, s. v. a. Glaubenshandlung, Ketzergericht. s. Inquisition …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • auto da fe — auto da fé (izg. autodafȇ) DEFINICIJA 1. pov. ceremonija izricanja i izvršavanja presude inkvizicije nad hereticima 2. pren. uništenje spaljivanjem, osobito knjiga ETIMOLOGIJA port.: čin vjere …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Auto Da Fe — Infobox musical artist Name = Auto Da Fe Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Origin = England/Ireland (formed in Holland) Genre = New wave Years active = 1980 1986 Label = Hux, ADF, Rewind, Red Hot, Stoic, Spartan, GMN,… …   Wikipedia

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