sackcloth

[ UK /sˈækklɒθ/ ]
NOUN
  1. a coarse cloth resembling sacking
  2. a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
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How To Use sackcloth In A Sentence

  • In his Lives of the Saints, he writes, We read in the books both in the Old Law and in the New that the men who repented of their sins bestrewed themselves with ashes and clothed their bodies with sackcloth. Archive 2006-03-01
  • The torn and dirty breeches, sackcloth shirt, and tangled hair did not exactly jibe with the mental image she had formed of the prim and sharply dressed servant's master.
  • ` Nor will you be able to take pleasure in sackcloth, 'he said gravely. Chapter 3: Jackson's Arm
  • A fashion show in Leeds is setting out to prove fair trade clothing has shaken off its sackcloth and oatmeal image.
  • Barefoot men napping under sackcloth canopies. A cockerel tied to the stilt of a water butt.
  • The coffin was forced, the cerements torn, and the melancholy relics, clad in sackcloth, after being rattled for hours on moonless byways, were at length exposed to uttermost indignities before a class of gaping boys. The Body-Snatcher
  • And she… she was decked out in the same sackcloth shirt and leggings that she had been wearing since they'd left Xykrull.
  • Her leggings and sleeveless shirt, both made of cheap sackcloth, were caked with dirt, though in this light and from this distance he couldn't tell whether or not there was blood on her garments.
  • I don't see socialist society as just sackcloth and turnip soup.
  • And I pictured portly monks in sackcloth habits fighting off marauders with arrows blessed by some medieval bishop.
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