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Hair shirt   /hɛr ʃərt/   Listen
Hair shirt

noun
1.
An uncomfortable shirt made of coarse animal hair; worn next to the skin as a penance.






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... enthroned there for a thousand years. In a Gothic cathedral the columns were all different, but they were all necessary. Every support seemed an accidental and fantastic support; every buttress was a flying buttress. So in Christendom apparent accidents balanced. Becket wore a hair shirt under his gold and crimson, and there is much to be said for the combination; for Becket got the benefit of the hair shirt while the people in the street got the benefit of the crimson and gold. It is at least better than the manner of the modern millionaire, who has the black and the drab outwardly ...
— Orthodoxy • G. K. Chesterton



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