Definition of "sackcloth" [sack•cloth]

  • Sacking. (noun)
  • A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax. (noun)
  • Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence. (noun)

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Use "sackcloth" in a sentence
  • "Clothed in sackcloth and ashes, they are continuing their work of expiation."
  • "What would be the point of covering myself in sackcloth and ashes?"
  • "In my view, the Deputy Chief should have been round to the house in sackcloth on bended knee, apologising in person for such a crass move."