Definition of Sackcloth

1. Noun. A garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse.

Generic synonyms: Garment

2. Noun. A coarse cloth resembling sacking.
Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile

Definition of Sackcloth

1. n. Linen or cotton cloth such as sacks are made of; coarse cloth; anciently, a cloth or garment worn in mourning, distress, mortification, or penitence.

Definition of Sackcloth

1. Noun. A coarse hessian style of cloth used to make sacks. ¹

2. Noun. (Usually paired with 'ashes'), garments worn as an act of penance. Now often used figuratively. ¹

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Definition of Sackcloth

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sackcloth

sack coat
sack man
sack out
sack race
sack races
sack up
sackcloth (current term)
sackcloth and ashes
sacked out

Literary usage of Sackcloth

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

1. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"9: 4. and took old sacks 2Sa, 3:31.gird you with sackcloth, 21:10. the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, IK. 20:31.put sackcloth on our loins, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Comprising the History, Institutions by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"31 ; 1 Kings xxi. 27 ; 2 Kings xix. 1, &C.). It was of a dark colour, as we see in Apocal. vi. 12: "The sun became black as sackcloth of ..."

3. 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. ..."

4. The Works of the Rev. Joseph Bingham by Joseph Bingham, Richard D. Bingham (1855)
"Other 81 writers join sackcloth and ashes together ; for so ... heretics to the Church, says, ' he came clothed in sackcloth and sprinkled with ashes. ..."

5. The World's Great Sermons by Grenville Kleiser (1908)
"... clothed with sackcloth.—Esther iv., 2. THE sign of affliction was thus excluded from the Persian court in order that royalty might not be discomposed. ..."

6. 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, ..."

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