shrive

[ shrahyv ]
/ ʃraɪv /

verb (used with object), shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing.

to impose penance on (a sinner).
to grant absolution to (a penitent).
to hear the confession of (a person).

verb (used without object), shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing. Archaic.

to hear confessions.
to go to or make confession; confess one's sins, as to a priest.

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Origin of shrive

before 900; Middle English shriven, schrifen, Old English scrīfan to prescribe, cognate with German schreiben to write ≪ Latin scrībere; see scribe1

OTHER WORDS FROM shrive

un·shrived, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shrive

shrive
/ (ʃraɪv) /

verb shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven (ˈʃrɪvən) or shrived mainly RC Church

to hear the confession of (a penitent)
(tr) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
(intr) to confess one's sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness

Derived forms of shrive

shriver, noun

Word Origin for shrive

Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write
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