sanbenito

sanbenito

[san-buh-nee-toh]
noun, plural sanbenitos. (under the Spanish Inquisition)
1.
an ornamented garment worn by a condemned heretic at an auto-da-fé.
2.
a penitential garment worn by a confessed heretic, of yellow for the penitent, of black for the impenitent.

Origin:
1550–60; < Spanish, named after San Benito Saint Benedict, from its resemblance to the scapular believed to have been introduced by him

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sanbenito (ˌsænbəˈniːtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
1.  a yellow garment bearing a red cross, worn by penitent heretics in the Inquisition
2.  a black garment bearing flames and devils, worn by impenitent heretics at an auto-da-fé
 
[C16: from Spanish San Benito Saint Benedict, an ironical allusion to its likeness to the Benedictine scapular]

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