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 (săk′klôth′, -klŏth′)
1. Sacking.
a. A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax.
b. Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence.
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1. (Textiles) coarse cloth such as sacking
2. (Clothing & Fashion) garments made of such cloth, worn formerly to indicate mourning or penitence
3. sackcloth and ashes a public display of extreme grief, remorse, or repentance
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(ˈsækˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ)

a. a coarse cloth of various fibers, as goat hair, cotton, or linen.
b. this cloth or a garment made from it worn to show repentance or grief.
in sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow; contrite.
sack′clothed`, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sackcloth - a garment made of coarse sackingsackcloth - a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
2.sackcloth - a coarse cloth resembling sacking
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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sæk og aske
klæîi úr hrjúfu efni
matem/tövbe giysisi


[ˈsækklɒθ] Narpillera f
to wear sackcloth and ashesponerse el hábito de penitencia, ponerse cenizas en la cabeza
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nSackleinen nt; in sackcloth and ashesin Sack und Asche
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[ˈsækˌklɒθ] ntela di sacco
sackcloth and ashes (Rel) → il sacco e la cenere
to be in sackcloth and ashes (fig) → avere l'aria contrita
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(sӕk) noun
a large bag of coarse cloth, strong paper or plastic. The potatoes were put into sacks.
ˈsacking noun
a type of coarse cloth for making sacks.
ˈsackcloth noun
a type of coarse cloth formerly worn as a sign of mourning or of sorrow for sin.
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References in classic literature ?
And a hermit's got to sleep on the hardest place he can find, and put sackcloth and ashes on his head, and stand out in the rain, and --"
Then having finished that business he returned to the sledge, and addressing Vasili Andreevich, said: 'You won't need the sackcloth, will you?
Some of his low places he found lifted to ideals, some of his ideas had sunk to the valleys, and lay there with the sackcloth and ashes of pumice stone and sulphur on their ruined heads.
This Mary Dyer had entered the mint- master's dwelling, clothed in sackcloth and ashes, and seated herself in our great chair with a sort of dignity and state.
She made me seven shirts, and some other linen, of as fine cloth as could be got, which indeed was coarser than sackcloth; and these she constantly washed for me with her own hands.
"I am sure it wouldn't do us any good out there to feel that you were all sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
He had taken the sackcloth of her uncomeliness, had washed, dried, starched and ironed it, and returned it to her sheer embroidered lawn--the robe of Venus herself.
At the same table, with both her elbows upon it, was Mrs Jiniwin; no longer sipping other people's punch feloniously with teaspoons, but taking deep draughts from a jorum of her own; while her daughter--not exactly with ashes on her head, or sackcloth on her back, but preserving a very decent and becoming appearance of sorrow nevertheless--was reclining in an easy chair, and soothing her grief with a smaller allowance of the same glib liquid.
To see, fixed in the rigidity of death and naked on that coarse layer of sackcloth, the man whom he had left well clad and full of meat and sin upon the threshold of a tavern, awoke, even in the thoughtless Fettes, some of the terrors of the conscience.
He attended on us, as I may say, in sackcloth and ashes.
"From sackcloth couch the Monk arose, With toil his stiffen'd limbs he rear'd; A hundred years had flung their snows On his thin locks and floating beard."
As Coketown cast ashes not only on its own head but on the neighbourhood's too - after the manner of those pious persons who do penance for their own sins by putting other people into sackcloth - it was customary for those who now and then thirsted for a draught of pure air, which is not absolutely the most wicked among the vanities of life, to get a few miles away by the railroad, and then begin their walk, or their lounge in the fields.