Definition of sackcloth in English:



  • A very coarse, rough fabric woven from flax or hemp.

    • ‘So it went through the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s, when female film stars wrapped their chests in sackcloth lest they appear buxom, which was tantamount to being bourgeois.’
    • ‘The torn and dirty breeches, sackcloth shirt, and tangled hair did not exactly jibe with the mental image she had formed of the prim and sharply dressed servant's master.’
    • ‘A strange sackcloth mask with two slit-like eyeholes is pulled over his head.’
    • ‘Initially attired in heavyweight fabrics, and sackcloth aprons - the sort of robust clothing necessary to withstand the rigour of their work - the girls were often criticised for their lack of femininity.’
    • ‘Her leggings and sleeveless shirt, both made of cheap sackcloth, were caked with dirt, though in this light and from this distance he couldn't tell whether or not there was blood on her garments.’
    • ‘Besides exporting cloth, he imported nails, lumber, iron, glass, and sackcloth; he also dealt in wine (but was not necessarily importing it himself).’
    • ‘Once again, they had to repair; the material on the seat become more and more primitive, resembling a blue sackcloth compared to the imitation denim all around it.’
    • ‘The statue has been covered in sackcloth in central Bangalore for more than a decade because of opposition from some Kannada organisations.’
    • ‘I don't see socialist society as just sackcloth and turnip soup.’
    • ‘The feel of the dark silk against his skin was welcome after the years of coarse sackcloth, and having the weight of the chains taken away lifted his spirits.’
    • ‘In the mid-17th century Quakers went ‘naked for a sign’, but they often turn out to have been wearing sackcloth coats - ‘naked’ here means without shoes, hats or outer garments.’
    • ‘The amputated arm lay on the grass near Haru, and when she finished, Haru turned around and wrapped the arm in sackcloth.’
    • ‘Canvas is popular because it's light, rigid, yet elastic at the same time. Canvas can be made from sackcloth, cotton (most popular), synthetic, a combination of materials or even smooth linen.’
    • ‘The last time this much anticipation surrounded a union, the couple in question was Mary and Joseph (back in the days when designers worked in sackcloth, not silk)!’
    • ‘And I pictured portly monks in sackcloth habits fighting off marauders with arrows blessed by some medieval bishop.’
    • ‘Perennials can be protected with sackcloth and placed in an area where they are less exposed to the elements.’
    • ‘At the end of a bout he, accompanied by Gravrak on one side and the ever-present Reppi on the other, would stumble back to his ‘room’ and collapse on the dirty pile of sackcloth that now served as his bed.’
    • ‘And she… she was decked out in the same sackcloth shirt and leggings that she had been wearing since they'd left Xykrull.’
    • ‘A fashion show in Leeds is setting out to prove fair trade clothing has shaken off its sackcloth and oatmeal image.’
    hessian, sacking, hopsack, hopsacking, burlap
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