don/wear sackcloth and ashes

Definition of don/wear sackcloth and ashes

:to publicly express or show sorrow or regret for having done something wrong
  • He should be forced to wear sackcloth and ashes and apologize for his lies.

Word by Word Definitions

don play
  1. : to put on (an article of clothing)

  2. : to wrap oneself in : take on

  1. : a Spanish nobleman or gentleman

  2. : a person of consequence : grandee

  3. : a head (see 1head 6a), tutor, or fellow (see fellow 5) in a college of Oxford or Cambridge University

wear play
  1. : to bear or have on the person

  2. : to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance

  3. : to carry on the person

  1. : the act of wearing : the state of being worn : use

  2. : clothing or an article of clothing usually of a particular kind

  3. : fashion, vogue

sackcloth play
  1. : a coarse cloth of goat or camel's hair or of flax, hemp, or cotton

  2. : a garment of sackcloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence

ash play ashes
  1. : any of a genus (Fraxinus) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets

  2. : the tough elastic wood of an ash

  3. : the ligature æ used in Old English and some phonetic alphabets to represent a low front vowel \a\

  1. : something that symbolizes grief, repentance, or humiliation

  2. : the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means

  3. : fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent

  1. : to convert into ash


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