Definition of sackcloth
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
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The donning of sackcloth and ashes for this once-mighty art form is an annual ritual.
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Origin and Etymology of sackcloth
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
SACKCLOTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sackcloth for English Language Learners
: rough cloth that is used for making sacks
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