verb (used with object), shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing.
verb (used without object), shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing. Archaic.
Origin of shrive
Examples from the Web for shrive
The Bishop don Jerome our souls will shrive, Saying mass for us ere at them we are ready to let drive.The Lay of the Cid|R. Selden Rose
For they will first shrive them and mark them with the token of the holy cross, so that the fiends ne have no power over them.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
And then he kneeled down on his knees, and prayed the hermit for to shrive him and assoil him.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages|Edward Lewes Cutts
Stung with remorse, he fell ill, and was counselled by his queen to ask Chad to shrive him.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
Did ever “Father Confessor” have so sweet and so wilful a sinner to shrive!The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance|Paul Elmer More
British Dictionary definitions for shrive
verb shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven (ˈʃrɪvən) or shrived mainly RC Church
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."