don/wear sackcloth and ashes

Definition of don/wear sackcloth and ashes

  1. :  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

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

    :  to wrap oneself in :  take on

  1. :  a person of consequence :  grandee

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

    :  a college or university professor

  1. :  to bear or have on the person

    :  to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance

    :  to carry on the person

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

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

    :  clothing worn for a special occasion or popular during a specific period

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

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

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

    :  the tough elastic wood of an ash

    :  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

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

    :  fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent

  1. :  to convert into ash

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to criticize severely

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