sanbenito


san·be·ni·to

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

Definition of SANBENITO

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

Spanish sambenito, from San Benito St. Benedict of Nursia
First Known Use: circa 1560

Rhymes with SANBENITO

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