A garment of sackcloth worn at an auto-da-fé of the Spanish Inquisition by condemned heretics, being yellow with red crosses for the penitent and black with painted flames and devils for the impenitent.
A yellow garment resembling a scapular in shape and having a red Saint Andrew's cross in front and in back, worn by a confessed, penitent heretic in the Spanish Inquisition.
A similarly shaped black garment painted with flames, devils, etc., worn by a condemned heretic at an auto-da-fé
Other Word Forms
Origin of sanbenito
- Spanish sambenito after San Benito , Saint Benedict of Nursia (from its similarity to the scapular supposedly introduced by him)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Spanish sambenito.