Definition of cilice in English:

cilice

Line breaks: cil¦ice
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlɪs
 
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noun

1A hair shirt.
More example sentences
  • The cilice mentioned in the novel is a thigh-mounted type, but i guess the original cilices were coarse hairy shirts.
  • In the evening we keep pious conversation while attending to pious works such as making rosaries, cilices and repairing books.
  • Nuns of some religious orders wear a hair cloth or cilice next their skin.
1.1A spiked garter or other device worn by penitents and ascetics.
More example sentences
  • His descriptions of the practice of corporal mortification is also inaccurate, as is his representation of the cilice and the discipline.
  • The cilice creates a minor leg irritation which is intended to be a reminder of Christ's suffering.
  • I don't fancy that 'cilice' very much.

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from Latin cilicium, from Greek kilikion, from Kilikia, the Greek name for Cilicia in Asia Minor (because hair shirts were originally made of Cilician goats' hair).

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