hair shirt definition

  • noun:
    • A coarse haircloth apparel worn beside the epidermis by spiritual ascetics as penance.
    • alternate of hairshirt.
    • a shirt, or a band when it comes to loins, made of horsehair, and used as a penance.
    • a distressing clothing manufactured from coarse animal tresses; used next to the skin as a penance
  • adjective:
    • self-sacrificing or austere

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