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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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  • "Take them out there, and hang them unshriven," he commanded.

  • It would be like dying, not only unshriven, but in the act of guilt.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • What cowardly things these are; no fair fight, up you go, unshriven.

    Sketches From My Life Hobart Pasha
  • It was Voltaire's last triumph; four days later, unshriven and unhouseled, he expired.

  • 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
  • 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
  • And God said to them: "Why have you come here, your sins unrepented, unshriven, all unprepared to die?"

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Yet I would not willingly take my life, and go forth unassoiled and unshriven.

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
  • 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
Word Origin and History for unshriven


past participle of shrive (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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