an act that demonstrates or tests the strength of a person’s convictions, as an important personal sacrifice.
(christianity) an act that demonstrates or tests a person’s religious beliefs
behavior that shows or tests a person’s religious or other convictions, as in rock climbing with a new, inexperienced partner was a real act of faith. the term is a translation of the portuguese auto da fé, which referred to the sentencing and execution of heretics (often by burning at the stake) during the inquisition, when punishing heresy was thought to const-tute an -ssertion of faith. in modern times it is used for more benign circ-mstances. [ early 1700s ]
- Act funny
anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act. the process of doing: caught in the act. a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of congress. an instrument or doc-ment stating something done […]
- Act like one's shit doesn't stink
act like one’s sh-t doesn’t stink verb phrase to behave with self–ssured haughtiness; show a sense of superiority
- Act of contrition
noun (christianity) a short prayer of penitence noun a penitential prayer
- Act of parliament clock
. a pendulum wall clock of the late 18th century, usually having a black dial with gilt numbers: originally installed in english taverns because a burdensome tax prevented many homes from having private clocks.
- Act of uniformity
any of the three statutes (1549, 1559, 1662) regulating public worship services in the anglican church, especially the act of 1662 requiring the use of the book of common prayer.