Shrift meaning

shrĭft
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.

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The act of shriving.
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Confession to a priest.
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Absolution given by a priest.
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Confession to and absolution by a priest.
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The act of shriving.
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The act of going to or hearing a religious confession.
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Origin of shrift

  • Middle English from Old English scrift from Latin scrīptum something written from neuter past participle of scrībere to write shrive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition