hair-shirt hair-shirt

Definition(s):

  • (adj) self-sacrificing or austere

Usage(s):

  1. Engels was not a hair-shirt socialist; he loved beer, good wine and pretty women, and was proud of his prowess at fox-hunting.
  2. The quip pointed up the fact that after eight months of war in Korea, the civilian shortages predicted by Washington's hair-shirt cult had not materialized.

Quotes

  • "There's a sort of hair-shirt mentality about it," Levy says. "The idea is the only reason you want to explore it is to make people feel guilty, and then move on. But that wasn't why I was interested. I was trying to address 300 years of...
    on Feb 19, 2010 By: Andrea Levy Source: The Age

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