- to impose penance on (a sinner).
- to grant absolution to (a penitent).
- to hear the confession of (a person).
- to hear confessions.
- to go to or make confession; confess one's sins, as to a priest.
Origin of shrive
Examples from the Web for shrive
Historical Examples of shrive
Shrive me for obeying the Bishop, and bringing doom upon the heretics!One Snowy Night
Emily Sarah Holt
Did ever “Father Confessor” have so sweet and so wilful a sinner to shrive!The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance
Paul Elmer More
Yet if Father Bastian refused to shrive me, what should come of me?All's Well
Emily Sarah Holt
Confess, dear sinner; I will shrive you and grant absolution for the past, whatever it may be.Moods
Louisa May Alcott
Who will shrive these poor fellows, then, if you have turned your back upon them?Robin Hood
- 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
Word Origin for shrive
Word Origin and History for shrive
Old English scrifan "assign, prescribe, ordain, decree; impose penance, hear confession; have regard for, care for," apparently originally "to write" (strong, past tense scraf, past participle scrifen), from West Germanic *skriban (cf. Old Saxon scriban, Old Frisian skriva "write; impose penance;" Old Dutch scrivan, Dutch schrijven, German schreiben "to write, draw, paint;" Danish skrifte "confess"), an early borrowing from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)), which in Old English and Scandinavian developed further to "confess, hear confession."