Sackcloth meaning

săkklôth, -klŏth
Coarse, rough cloth.
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Sacking.
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A coarse hessian style of cloth used to make sacks.
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(Usually paired with 'ashes'), garments worn as an act of penance. Now often used figuratively.

After he realised the gravity of his crime he spent some time wearing sackcloth and ashes.

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in sackcloth and ashes
  • in a state of great mourning or penitence
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in sackcloth and ashes