Shrive meaning

shrīv
To hear confessions.
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To make or go to confession.
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To hear the confession of and give absolution to (a penitent).
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To hear the confession of and absolve.
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To get absolution for oneself by confessing.
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To make one's confession.
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To hear confessions.
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(intransitive) To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.)
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To prescribe penance or absolution.
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(intransitive or reflexive) To confess, and receive absolution.

"Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and shrive", - The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song.

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To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance.
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Origin of shrive

  • 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

  • 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