cilice

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From French cilice, from Latin cilicium (clothing made of goatskin), from Cilicia where it originates from.

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cilice

  1. A hairshirt.
  2. (chiefly in Opus Dei) A leather strap studded with metallic barbs that cut into flesh as a constant reminder of Christ's suffering.

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