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I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake? Why have I made so many mistakes?
Sarah Ferguson

Meaning of "hair shirt" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HAIR SHIRT

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HAIR SHIRT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Hair shirt is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES HAIR SHIRT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

hair shirt

Cilice

A cilice /ˈsɪlɨs/ was originally a garment or undergarment made of coarse cloth or animal hair worn close to the skin. It was used in some religious traditions to induce discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement. Cilices were originally made from sackcloth or coarse animal hair so they would irritate the skin. Other features were added to make cilices more uncomfortable, such as thin wires or twigs. In modern religious circles it simply means any device worn for the same purposes.

Definition of hair shirt in the English dictionary

The definition of hair shirt in the dictionary is a shirt made of haircloth worn next to the skin as a penance. Other definition of hair shirt is a secret trouble or affliction.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HAIR SHIRT

hair grass
hair implant
hair lacquer
hair loss
hair of the dog
hair oil
hair removal
hair remover
hair removing cream
hair restorer
hair roller
hair salon
hair seal
hair sheep
hair slide
hair space
hair specialist
hair stroke
hair transplant
hair trigger

WORDS THAT END LIKE HAIR SHIRT

Blackshirt
Brown Shirt
campshirt
dress shirt
grandad shirt
Hawaiian shirt
lumberjack shirt
muscle shirt
nightshirt
overshirt
polo shirt
redshirt
safari shirt
shirt
sports shirt
stuffed shirt
sweatshirt
T-shirt
tee shirt
tee-shirt
undershirt

Synonyms and antonyms of hair shirt in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «hair shirt» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HAIR SHIRT

Find out the translation of hair shirt to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of hair shirt from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «hair shirt» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

毛上衣
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

cilicio
570 millions of speakers

English

hair shirt
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बाल शर्ट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قميص الشعر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

рубашка волосы
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

camisa de cabelo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

চুল শার্ট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cilice
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Baju rambut
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Haar Shirt
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

毛のシャツ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

머리 셔츠
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kaos rambut
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

áo sơ mi tóc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முடி சட்டை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

केस शर्ट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Saç gömlek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

cilicio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

koszula włosy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

сорочка волосся
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cămașă de păr
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

shirt για τα μαλλιά
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hare hemp
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hår skjorta
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hår shirt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of hair shirt

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HAIR SHIRT»

The term «hair shirt» is normally little used and occupies the 115.285 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about hair shirt

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2 QUOTES WITH «HAIR SHIRT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word hair shirt.
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Sarah Ferguson
I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake? Why have I made so many mistakes?
2
Alex Steffen
You don't change the world by hiding in the woods, wearing a hair shirt, or buying indulgences in the form of 'Save the Earth' bumper stickers. You do it by articulating a vision for the future and pursuing it with all the ingenuity humanity can muster.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HAIR SHIRT»

Discover the use of hair shirt in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to hair shirt and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Hair Shirt
Graphic Novel. John and Naomi were childhood sweethearts whose lives took them in different directions. As adults, they are reunited by accident and love takes hold again. But the painful memories, secrets and nightmares return.
Patrick McEown, 2013
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Hair Shirt: A short story
A balding Sydney rock and roll producer manages to balance his wife and his mistress - until one decides to wreak revenge upon the other using an ancient hex.A sinister, sensual short story from Tobsha Learner.
Tobsha Learner, 2010
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Accountability: Patient Safety and Policy Reform
... "help-seeking" behavior and removes the stigma from uncertainty. Forgiveness also serves to reintegrate offenders into the group. We see this most directly in the "hair-shirt" ritual that is part of the Mortality and Morbidity Conference [M & M].
Virginia Ashby Sharpe, 2004
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Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure, 2nd Edition
In either case, when an attending puts on a hair shirt he admits error, points out the lessons in it, and urges all to consider these before hasty action in the future. Attendings wear a hair shirt because a death or complication, especially when ...
Charles L. Bosk, 2003
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Astrology for Lovers
Whatever the nature is of the restriction, there is a curious kind of psychological hair shirt which Capricorn dons for a time. In medieval mysticism, the hair shirt symbolized the individual's way of purifying himself of his carnal sins in order to ...
Liz Greene, 2009
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Deep Like Me: Extremely Profound Thoughts on Faith From a ...
We would rather find a hair shirt of some kind. I have a hair shirt stowed away in the closet of my mind. Sometimes it begs me to put it on in order to prove that I am worthy of God's pardon and that I need to get out there and perform a deed or ...
Rick Bundschuh, 2011
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Utopian Thought in the Western World
The salvation of man's soul through penitential exercises to crush the lusts of the flesh was one Christian way, and More had worn a hair shirt till the blood flowed onto his clothes. Thomas Stapleton, the Louvain theologian, has reported on the  ...
Frank Edward MANUEL, Fritzie Prigohzy Manuel, Frank Edward Manuel, 2009
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Customs Tariff and Tax Schedule of the People's Republic of ...
... knitted or crocheted, including knitted shirt or hair shirt or trousers 90 ----- OtherWomen' s or girls' ensembles, knitted or crocheted, of cotton 6104.2300 --Of synthetic fibres: 25 0 ASN,CL,HK,MO,SG2 130 17 0 006/035 4 NZ 15 CR 17.5 PE 18 ...
China Trade Data
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Renaissance Monks:
I will tell you the cause when I can speak with you alone.105 While this controversy was going on, Leontorius had some monastic-spiritual business to attend to, as a nun of Engental had asked him to get a hair shirt which she wanted to wear ...
Franz Posset, 2005
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Mayor: An Autobiography
I WAS A MAVERICK CONGRESSMAN from the beginning; what I call a hair shirt. A hair shirt is someone who is constantly in a state of agitation, someone who is itching, who is never at ease. A hair shirt is an activist. As I said, I was a hair shirt  ...
Edward I. Koch, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HAIR SHIRT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term hair shirt is used in the context of the following news items.
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Osborne ends Britain's big squeeze
So it turns out George Osborne did not need LibDems in government to tell him to take off his hair shirt. Because today's Budget is massively ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
2
Alexis Tsipras is right, a 'no' vote is best for Greece
... in infrastructure to put the unemployed back to work and rebuild an economy pummeled by eight years of financial crisis and hair shirt bailout ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
3
Why Greece should vote 'No!'
... in infrastructure to put the unemployed back to work and rebuild an economy pummeled by eight years of financial crisis and hair shirt bailout ... «CNBC, Jul 15»
4
Straight Christians and the New Language of Martyrdom
Homophobia in the era of gay-marriage-for-all still dresses itself in the hair shirt of a martyr, but now it must perform extravagant rhetorical ... «Pacific Standard, Jul 15»
5
New Podcast Series from Short Story Day Africa: Diane Awerbuck …
... Story Day Africa has introduced a new podcast series, with the first episode featuring Diane Awerbuck reading Ivan Vladislavić's “Hair Shirt”, ... «Books LIVE, Jun 15»
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Britain has form on putting budgetary rules into law, fudging them …
And, while the chancellor is lambasted for donning a hair shirt, the first real decision he has to take in the Budget in three weeks is whether to ... «Financial Times, Jun 15»
7
Walker: Cannibals and the Headhunters
The world will not be right until the offending party dons a hair shirt and offers a public apology – if even then. Advertisement. Sometimes an ... «The Morning Sun, Jun 15»
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Review: 'Cooling It! No Hair Shirt Solutions to Global Warming'
Cooling It! No Hair Shirt Solutions to Global Warming, by Gar. W. Lipow is a roadmap showing us the way to become a more energy efficient ... «ScienceBlog.com, Jun 15»
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Tory MPs Mark Field and Andrew Bridgen to accept pay rise
Andrew Bridgen said there is now a danger of "a race to the bottom where's it's just a hair shirt competition," unless pay is improved. «BBC News, Jun 15»
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Why I Wear the World's Tiniest Hair Shirt
... wearing the scapular, as a discipline; for penance and correction. “It's my hair shirt,” I explained. And why had I taken to wearing a hair shirt? «Patheos, May 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Hair shirt [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/hair-shirt>. Dec 2019 ».
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