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shrift

[ shrift ]
/ ʃrɪft /
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noun Archaic.
the imposition of penance by a priest on a penitent after confession.
absolution or remission of sins granted after confession and penance.
confession to a priest.
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Origin of shrift

before 900; Middle English; Old English scrift penance; cognate with German, Dutch schrift writing; see shrive, -th1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shrift

shift, shrift
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British Dictionary definitions for shrift

shrift
/ (ʃrɪft) /

noun
archaic the act or an instance of shriving or being shrivenSee also short shrift

Word Origin for shrift

Old English scrift, from Latin scriptum script
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shrift

shrift

see short shrift.

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