Definition of Sackcloth and ashes

1. Noun. A display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief.

Generic synonyms: Display



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sackcloth And Ashes

sack-winged
sack coat
sack man
sack out
sack race
sack races
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sackable
sackage
sackages
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sackbuts
sackcloth
sackcloth and ashes (current term)
sackclothed
sackcloths
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sackers
sacket
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sacking
sackings
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sacklike
sackload

Literary usage of Sackcloth and ashes

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Holy Bible by Canadian Bible Society (1851)
"... they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. began to say unto the multitudes 22 lint I say unto you, It shall be concerning John, ..."

2. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"In " Sackcloth and Ashes " — The Mark of God's Displeasure — Parental Anguish ... Literally in "sackcloth and ashes" he prostrates himself before his gods. ..."

3. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Comprising the History, Institutions by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"262, Hartel) speaks of the lapsed proving their penitence by grovelling on sackcloth (cili- cium), dust, and ashes. " sackcloth and ashes " became the signs ..."

4. The Symbolism of Churches and Church Ornaments: A Translation of the First by Guillaume Durand (1906)
"For we read in Isaiah the fifty-eighth, that penitents do lie in sackcloth and ashes. And Hiere- miah saith the same in the twenty-fifth chapter, ..."

5. Recollections of a Rebel Reefer by James Morris Morgan (1917)
"CHAPTER XXXVI The Franco-Prussian War — Apply for leave to go to France—Wrecked — Paris in sackcloth and ashes — A generous Jew. WHEN the Franco-Prussian ..."

6. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Being a Continuation of the by Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"In the Middle Ages the practice became common. Peter the Venerable (de Mine. i. 4) speaks of dying га sackcloth and ashes as a custom of Christ laus, ..."

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