Hair Shirt

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Hair Shirt

An informal term for an austerity measure. The term derives from shirts made of animal hair that religious figures have worn as a sign of penance. Austerity measures are adopted to make up for (or even to do penance for) excessive government debt.
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But the site goes on to note, "Within this spirit, numeraries and associates (celibate members) sometimes practice traditional Catholic penances such as using the cilice and discipline.
The daily workout I do at the gym is far more uncomfortable than the cilice," he says, also mentioning that Mother Teresa used a cilice.
The cilices are worn two hours a day and apparently they come in single or triple row spikes.
But what about the barbed cilice belt worn round the thigh to stop impure thoughts.