- a brief time for confession or absolution given to a condemned prisoner before his or her execution.
- little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter: to give short shrift to an opponent's arguments.
Origin of short shrift
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for short shrift
More vexing than the short-shrift mentions are the flat-out omissions.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
- brief and unsympathetic treatment
- (formerly) a brief period allowed to a condemned prisoner to make confession
- make short shrift of to dispose of quickly and unsympathetically
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