sackcloth

Part of speech: noun

A coarse cloth for making sacks, etc.

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Usage examples "sackcloth":

  1. He gave a deep sigh, and keeping the sackcloth over his head he got inside the sledge and lay down in the place where his master had been. - "Master and Man", Leo Tolstoy.
  2. Her sisterly warmth surprised the woeful spotted beauty with a reflection that this martial Janey was after all a woman of feeling, one whom her husband, if he came to know it and the depth of it, the rich sound of it, would mourn in sackcloth to have lost. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. The mother, who had lost all her sons, and that by an ignominious death, sat upon the rock days and nights, and she spread sackcloth upon it, and she slept not by night, and she rested not by day, but drove away the birds of the air and the beasts of the field, and verily she had her reward; their bones were gathered together by the King's command, and they buried them there. - "Ellen Middleton--A Tale", Georgiana Fullerton.