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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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Examples from the web for sackcloth
  • They graze on munchies until they figure it's time to diet, and then they cover themselves with ashes and sackcloth.
  • They wore sackcloth tunics and fishnet shirts studded with crocheted pouches that were supposed to stop bullets.
  • Prudence is the watchword now: sackcloth after the brilliant silks and brocades of the gilded age.
  • Under his episcopal ornaments he wore a rough hair shirt, and had no better covering to his bed than sackcloth.
  • With them he went to the church, where one of them covered him with sackcloth, the other put ashes on his head.
  • His under garment was sackcloth, over which he wore a white coat of sheepskin, with a girdle.
  • They had put upon her a garment of coarse sackcloth.
British Dictionary definitions for sackcloth

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sackcloth 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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