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[shriv-uh n] /ˈʃrɪv ən/
a past participle of shrive.
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unshriven, adjective Unabridged
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  • Yet I would not willingly take my life, and go forth unassoiled and unshriven.

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
  • It would be like dying, not only unshriven, but in the act of guilt.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • "Take them out there, and hang them unshriven," he commanded.

  • What cowardly things these are; no fair fight, up you go, unshriven.

    Sketches From My Life Hobart Pasha
  • Huddled and matted together—some naked, some in shrouds already black and rotten—lay the later guests, the unshriven and unblest!

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • So Maggie, "unshriven and unforgiven," was put to bed in her misery, with no kind kiss or loving "good-night."

    A Christmas Posy Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • And God said to them: "Why have you come here, your sins unrepented, unshriven, all unprepared to die?"

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • It might be stoutly questioned whether Verona held one unshriven soul, one sin unspoken, or one solace unawarded.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • It was Voltaire's last triumph; four days later, unshriven and unhouseled, he expired.

Word Origin and History for unshriven


past participle of shrive (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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