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[san-buh-nee-toh] /ˌsæn bəˈni toʊ/
noun, plural sanbenitos. (under the Spanish Inquisition)
an ornamented garment worn by a condemned heretic at an auto-da-fé.
a penitential garment worn by a confessed heretic, of yellow for the penitent, of black for the impenitent.
Origin of sanbenito
1550-60; < Spanish, named after San Benito Saint Benedict, from its resemblance to the scapular believed to have been introduced by him Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tos
a yellow garment bearing a red cross, worn by penitent heretics in the Inquisition
a black garment bearing flames and devils, worn by impenitent heretics at an auto-da-fé
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish San Benito Saint Benedict, an ironical allusion to its likeness to the Benedictine scapular
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