Origin of shrift
Examples from the Web for shrift
I pray you that you will buy one, for war is bloody work, and the end is sudden with little time for thought or shrift.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
Short would have been the shrift of his enemy had he made his presence known on any one of these occasions.A Secret Inheritance (Volume 3 of 3)|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
At least they would never have insulted her, and Ishmael's shrift would have been short.The Ghost Kings|H. Rider Haggard
It was lucky for the deserter that we found him before they did, for his shrift would have been short.War in the Garden of Eden|Kermit Roosevelt
As he makes this shrift the storm begins to abate; to the amazement of the Cossacks, the fleet is saved, and not one man drowned.
British Dictionary definitions for shrift
Word Origin for shrift
Word Origin and History for shrift
Old English scrift "confession to priest, followed by penance and absolution," verbal noun from scrifan "to impose penance," from an early Germanic borrowing of Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)) that produced nouns for "penance, confession" in Old English and Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse skrjpt "penance, confession"), but elsewhere in Germanic is used in senses "writing, scripture, alphabet letter;" see shrive. Short shrift originally was the brief time for a condemned criminal to confess before execution (1590s); figurative extension to "little or no consideration" is first attested 1814.
Idioms and Phrases with shrift
see short shrift.