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sanbenito

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noun san·be·ni·to \ˌsan-bə-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō, ˌsam-\

Definition of sanbenito

plural

sanbenitos

  1. 1 :  a sackcloth coat worn by penitents on being reconciled to the church

  2. 2 :  a Spanish Inquisition garment resembling a scapular and being either yellow with red crosses for the penitent or black with painted devils and flames for the impenitent condemned to an auto-da-fé



Origin and Etymology of sanbenito

Spanish sambenito, from San Benito St. Benedict of Nursia


First Known Use: circa 1560

Rhymes with sanbenito


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