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Shrovetide

[shrohv-tahyd]
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noun
  1. the three days before Ash Wednesday, once a time of confession and absolution.
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Origin of Shrovetide

First recorded in 1375–1425, Shrovetide is from the late Middle English word shroftyde. See shrove, tide1
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Historical Examples

  • A calf bought for the convent for Quinquagesima Sunday (Shrovetide), 9d.

    English Monastic Life

    Abbot Gasquet

  • And this play is showed especially about Shrovetide, called in Italian Macchararum.

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott

  • It was on the eve of Shrovetide, in the wilds about sixty versts from the railroad.

    The Awakening

    Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy

  • About the same time Douglas came upon Roxburgh, when the garrison were enjoying the careless mirth of Shrovetide.

  • Shrovetide,—in its original meaning, signifies the time of confessing sins to a priest.


British Dictionary definitions for shrovetide

Shrovetide

noun
  1. the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, formerly a time when confessions were made in preparation for Lent
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