- 1623, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well:
- I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the shrieve's fool with child: a dumb innocent that could not say him nay.
- Also appears capitalised, particularly when used as a title.
(third-person singular simple present shrieves, present participle shrieving, simple past shrieved, past participle shrieved or shriven)
- 1808, Walter Scott, Marmion:
- The jealous churl hath deeply swore,
- That, if again he venture o'er,
- He shall shrieve penitent no more.