from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sacking.
- n. A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax.
- n. Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A coarse hessian style of cloth used to make sacks.
- n. , garments worn as an act of penance. Now often used figuratively.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Linen or cotton cloth such as sacks are made of; coarse cloth; anciently, a cloth or garment worn in mourning, distress, mortification, or penitence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Cloth of which sacks are made, usually a cloth of hemp or flax.
- n. A coarse kind of cloth worn as a sign of grief, humiliation, or penitence; hence, the garb of mourning or penance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
- n. a coarse cloth resembling sacking
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Clothed in sackcloth and ashes, they are continuing their work of expiation.
What would be the point of covering myself in sackcloth and ashes?
In my view, the Deputy Chief should have been round to the house in sackcloth on bended knee, apologising in person for such a crass move.
` Nor will you be able to take pleasure in sackcloth, 'he said gravely.
In those days, people walked around in sackcloth and ashes, when they were in mourning, fasting, or in a state of repentance.
Grandpa: We were so poor then, we lived in sackcloth and ashes.
But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.
When they have reached 50% it is time to repent in sackcloth and ashes and when they have reached 60% it is time to seek absolution.
If he went in sackcloth he would no less be a Douglas, the representative of the old line upon whose pedigree there was neither shadow nor break.
Scripture canon, being the measure of the Church: so Primasius [X, p. 314]: the two witnesses preach in sackcloth, marking the ignominious treatment which the word, like Christ Himself, receives from the world.
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