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Hair-shirt   /hɛr-ʃərt/   Listen

Self-sacrificing or austere.  Synonym: hair-shirted.

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"Hair-shirt" Quotes from Famous Books

... in public with all the state which belonged to her position, and accepted and wore the costly dresses and the splendid jewels which her husband lavished upon her; but under those gorgeous silks and rich brocades a hair-shirt was concealed. Always ready to comply with any observance which duty or propriety required, she at the same time steadily abstained even from the innocent amusements in which others indulged; and never danced or played at cards, or sat up late at night. Her manner was so gentle and kind, that ...
— The Life of St. Frances of Rome, and Others • Georgiana Fullerton

... bread, and vegetables boiled in water, without salt, on a common plate of red earth like those they feed the dogs on. Yes, that's how the woman lives who has given new life to this whole canton. She kneels to say her prayers on the edge of that hair-shirt. She says she could not have that smiling air you know she always has unless she practised these austerities. I tell you this," added the old woman, sinking her voice, "so that you may repeat it to the doctor that ...
— The Village Rector • Honore de Balzac

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