Meaning of sackcloth

sack•cloth

Pronunciation: (sak'klôth", -kloth"), [key]
— n.
  1. sacking.
  2. coarse cloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence.
  3. in a state of repentance or sorrow; contrite: She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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