- a past participle of shrive.
- to impose penance on (a sinner).
- to grant absolution to (a penitent).
- to hear the confession of (a person).
- to hear confessions.
- to go to or make confession; confess one's sins, as to a priest.
Origin of shrive
Examples from the Web for shriven
Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
There are two confessionals, in one or the other of which we must be shriven.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spectres of uncharitableness were disturbing her and she sought to be shriven.Stubble
Truth is stern, Huber; fight then lustily, and get you shriven to-morrow.The Serf
Confess to its perfection, and be shriven Of any thought less fair.The Mortal Gods and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
- to hear the confession of (a penitent)
- (tr) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
- (intr) to confess one's sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness
Word Origin and History for shriven
past participle of shrive (v.).
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."