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shrive

[ shrahyv ]
/ ʃraɪv /
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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

First recorded before 900; Middle English shriven, schrifen, Old English scrīfan “to prescribe, impose a penance on (a penitent),” cognate with German schreiben “to write,” ultimately from Latin scrībere “to write, draw”; see scribe1
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
shriver, noun
Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write
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