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shrift

[ shrift ]

noun

, Archaic.
  1. the imposition of penance by a priest on a penitent after confession.
  2. absolution or remission of sins granted after confession and penance.
  3. confession to a priest.


shrift

/ ʃrɪft /

noun

  1. archaic.
    the act or an instance of shriving or being shriven See also short shrift


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Word History and Origins

Origin of shrift1

before 900; Middle English; Old English scrift penance; cognate with German, Dutch schrift writing; shrive, -th 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shrift1

Old English scrift, from Latin scriptum script

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Idioms and Phrases

see short shrift .

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Example Sentences

Spider-Man has one of the most colorful rogues’ galleries around, but some of the webcrawler’s villains have gotten short shrift on the big screen.

That just wasn’t yet a familiar sight, and coverage of women’s sports, which I think is a huge part of it, was still given short shrift.

Meanwhile, the one person the audience does recognize and care about—young Dumbledore, played enchantingly by Jude Law—gets the short shrift.

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How an antiquated understanding of race relations results in minority staffers getting the short shrift.

Traditional American notion of independence, permanency and identity with neighborhood are given short shrift in this approach.

Likely, Harold would have accepted the short shrift with his usual cynic's grace.

More vexing than the short-shrift mentions are the flat-out omissions.

One reason we've given the single-parenthood problem short shrift is that we lack good ideas about how to address it.

She appears to have Irish virtue in excess, and I expect the larky would get short shrift from her.

A joint commission drew up a well-considered plan, but in the face of a presidential election the Senate gave it short shrift.

She said no word thereon: as for her shrift,No Chrisom child could show a chart of thoughtsMore spotless than were hers.

As she came back Julia heard Val in the hall dismissing poor Emmie and her piano key with short 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.

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