sackcloth


sackcloth

noun

  1. sacking.
  2. coarse cloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence.

Idioms

  1. 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.

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

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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