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. short shrift
Origin of shriftMiddle English from Old English scrift from Latin scrīptum something written from neuter past participle of scrībere to write ; see shrive .