(third-person singular simple present shrives, present participle shriving, simple past shrived or shrove, past participle shrived or shriven)
- (intransitive) To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.)
- To prescribe penance or absolution.
- (intransitive or reflexive) To confess, and receive absolution.
- "Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and shrive", - The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song.
From Middle English shriven, schrifen, from Old English scrÄ«fan, from late Proto-Germanic *skrÄ«banÄ…, a late borrowing from Latin scrÄ«bÅ (“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.