Definition of be burned at the stake in English:

be burned at the stake

phrase

historical
  • Be executed by being tied to a stake and publicly burned alive, typically for alleged heresy or witchcraft.

    • ‘You know, back in the 1400s, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy.’
    • ‘If anyone deserves to be burned at the stake in a public place, this is the man.’
    • ‘Some refused to change and they were burned at the stake for heresy.’
    • ‘Others did not succeed in staying out of harm's way, like Marguerite Porete, who was burned at the stake for heresy.’
    • ‘If she came out alive she was burned at the stake.’
    • ‘On May 30, 1431 she was executed in the most ghastly way, she was burned at the stake in the Rouen marketplace.’
    • ‘After being captured and brought before a church court, her belief that she had been inspired by heavenly visions led to charges of heresy and led to her being burned at the stake in 1431.’
    • ‘Joan lifted a siege and went on to offer the hope of freedom for her country before being burned at the stake for alleged witchcraft.’
    • ‘If you didn't repent, you were garroted and burned at the stake; if you did repent, well, then you got off easy: you were burned at the stake but kept alive.’
    • ‘In 1600 after a seven-year trial for heresy he was burned at the stake at Campo de Fiori in Rome for refusing to recant.’