Sackcloth definitions

săk'klôth', -klŏth'
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Coarse, rough cloth.
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Sacking.
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A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax.
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Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence.
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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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