American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

Author: Noah Webster


AU’TOCRATRIX, n. A female sovereign, who is independent and absolute; a title given to the Empresses of Russia.

1. In the Romish church, a solemn day held by the Inquisition, for the punishment of heretics, and the absolution of the innocent accused.

2. A sentence given by the Inquisition, and road to a criminal, or heretic, on the scaffold, just before he is executed.

3. The session of the court of inquisition.