Cilice Definition

sĭlĭs
noun
A coarse cloth; haircloth.
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Webster's New World
Any of various other garments or items worn as a form of corporal mortification.
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Wiktionary

(chiefly in Opus Dei) A leather strap studded with metallic barbs that cut into flesh as a constant reminder of Christ's suffering.

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Origin of Cilice

  • From French cilice, from Latin cilicium (“clothing made of goatskin”), from Cilicia where it originates from.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Latin cilicium a covering made of Cilician goat's hair from Cilicia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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