The definition of a shrift is a confession to and forgiveness given by a priest.
An example of a shrift is the Catholic sacrament of confession.
- confession to and absolution by a priest
- the act of shriving
Origin of shriftMiddle English schrift ; from Old English scrift ; from scrifan, to shrive
- The act of shriving.
- Confession to a priest.
- Absolution given by a priest. See Note at short shrift.
Origin of shriftMiddle English, from Old English scrift, from Latin scr&imacron;ptum, something written, from neuter past participle of scr&imacron;bere, to write; see shrive.