sanbenito

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san·be·ni·to

 (săn′bə-nē′tō)
n. pl. san·be·ni·tos
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.

[Spanish sambenito, after San Benito, Saint Benedict of Nursia (from its similarity to the scapular supposedly introduced by him).]

sanbenito

(ˌsænbəˈniːtəʊ)
n, pl -tos
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a yellow garment bearing a red cross, worn by penitent heretics in the Inquisition
2. (Clothing & Fashion) 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]

san•be•ni•to

(ˌsæn bəˈni toʊ)

n., pl. -tos. (under the Spanish Inquisition)
1. a yellow garment worn by a penitent heretic.
2. a black garment worn by an impenitent heretic at an auto-da-fé.
[1550–60; < Sp, after San Benito Saint Benedict]
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New converts were considered impure as they harbored heretical tendencies; those who had been castigated with sanbenitos by the Inquisition were already "tainted.
Los castigos por proposiciones de este tipo eran generalmente menores (verguenzas, sanbenitos o azotes publicos), dependiendo no tanto de su contenido como de la nacionalidad y el origen etnico o religioso de los acusados, en su mayoria, sin embargo, cristianos viejos (Schwartz 22-24).
Siempre me han colgado sanbenitos y todavia no terminan.
Y como hubo un momento en que en la revista Hoy publique semana tras semana, treinta semanas, entrevistas con Siqueiros, ya la gente me colgo el sanbenito de ser la vocera de la ideologia, de las concepciones de Siqueiros, sin digamos leer todos mis textos.