The priest is busy, and knowing he must shrive you to-morrow, he will be ill inclined to trouble himself superfluously to-night.
shrive me for obeying the Bishop, and bringing doom upon the heretics!
These are plain words; but I would rather that another priest should shrive her whom I love!
Confess, dear sinner; I will shrive you and grant absolution for the past, whatever it may be.
Two Dominicans, sent for to shrive the victim, implored the Count to pause; but 'Kill him, kill him!
They went to shrive the dying, bury the dead, and console the bereaved.
But in the middle of his frugal meal a female servant came running, and begged him to come and shrive her dying master.
This is naughty, I know, but as I have gone into the confessional, I will make a clean "shrive" of it.
"If it might be permitted I would dearly love to shrive them," said the palmer, still hesitating.
For they shrive them and housel them evermore once or twice in the week.
Old English scrifan "assign, prescribe, ordain, decree; impose penance, hear confession; have regard for, care for," apparently originally "to write" (strong, past tense scraf, past participle scrifen), from West Germanic *skriban (cf. Old Saxon scriban, Old Frisian skriva "write; impose penance;" Old Dutch scrivan, Dutch schrijven, German schreiben "to write, draw, paint;" Danish skrifte "confess"), an early borrowing from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)), which in Old English and Scandinavian developed further to "confess, hear confession."