- a simple past tense of shrive.
Origin of shrove
- 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 shrove
This had once already, on Shrove Tuesday, 1604, been used for a play.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Shrove Sunday has its range between the 1st of February and the 7th of March.
Shrove Tuesday happened to be a few days after we had sold the cow.Nobody's Boy
There had been an unusual amount of talk this year about the parade on Shrove Tuesday.The Goose Man
But on certain occasions, such as Shrove Tuesday, for instance, ah!From sketch-book and diary
- a past tense of shrive
- 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 shrove
"shrift, shriving," 1570s, shortened from Shrovetide (early 15c.), from schrof-, related to schrifen (see shrive). Shrove Tuesday (c.1500) is from practice of celebration and merrymaking before going to confession at the beginning of Lent.
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."