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sackcloth

[sak-klawth, -kloth] /ˈsækˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
2.
coarse cloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence.
Idioms
3.
in sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow; contrite:
She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see sack1, cloth
Related forms
sackclothed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in sack-cloth and ashes

sackcloth

/ˈsækˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
coarse cloth such as sacking
2.
garments made of such cloth, worn formerly to indicate mourning or penitence
3.
sackcloth and ashes, a public display of extreme grief, remorse, or repentance
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Word Origin and History for in sack-cloth and ashes

sackcloth

n.

penitential or grieving garb, late 13c., literally "cloth of which sacks are made," from sack (n.1) + cloth. In the Biblical sense it was of goats' or camels' hair, the coarsest possible clothing.

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in sack-cloth and ashes in the Bible

cloth made of black goats' hair, coarse, rough, and thick, used for sacks, and also worn by mourners (Gen. 37:34; 42:25; 2 Sam. 3:31; Esther 4:1, 2; Ps. 30:11, etc.), and as a sign of repentance (Matt. 11:21). It was put upon animals by the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:8).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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