Complete Definition of "shrive"

English

Etymology
Old English scrifan|scrÄ«fan, from West Germanic *skrÄ«ban, from Latin scribere âwriteâ. Cognate with Dutch schrijven, German schreiben; and (from Latin) with French écrire, Spanish escribir.

Pronunciation
shrÄ«v, IPA|/Êraɪv/, /<tt>SraIv?</tt>/
:Rhymes:English:-aɪv|Rhymes: -aɪv

Verb
en-verb|shrives|shriving|shrove|shriven

  1. (transitive and intransitive) To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.)
  2. transitive To prescribe penance or absolution
  3. (intransitive or reflexive) To confess, and receive absolution

#:"Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and shrive", - The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song.

Related terms
shrift
shrove
Shrovetide
Shrove Monday
Shrove Sunday
Shrove Tuesday

Translations
French: confesser

el:shrive
io:shrive
te:shrive
vi:shrive

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