Shrive Definition

shrived, shriven, shrives, shriving, shrove
shrived, shriven, shrives, shriving, shrove
To hear the confession of and absolve.
Webster's New World
To make one's confession.
Webster's New World
To get absolution for oneself by confessing.
Webster's New World
To hear confessions.
Webster's New World

Origin of Shrive

  • From Middle English shriven, schrifen, from Old English scrÄ«fan, from late Proto-Germanic *skrÄ«banÄ…, a late borrowing from Latin scrÄ«bō (“write"). Compare West Frisian skriuwe (“to write"), Low German schrieven (“to write"), Dutch schrijven (“to write"), German schreiben (“to write"), Danish skrive (“to write"), Swedish skriva (“to write"), Icelandic skrifa (“to write"). More at scribe.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English schriven from Old English scrīfan from Latin scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

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

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