Definitions for: Shrive

[v] confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure

Webster (1913) Definition: Shrive, v. t. [imp. Shrivedor Shrove; p. p.
Shrivenor Shrived; p. pr. & vb. n. Shriving.] [OE.
shriven, schriven, AS. scr[=i]van to shrive, to impose
penance or punishment; akin to OFries. skr[=i]va to impose
punishment; cf. OS. biskr[=i]ban to be troubled. Cf.
Shrift, Shrovetide.]
1. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer
confession and absolution to; -- said of a priest as the

That they should shrive their parishioners. --Piers

Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . . Else ne'er
could he so long protract his speech. --Shak.

Till my guilty soul be shriven. --Longfellow.

2. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively.

Get you to the church and shrive yourself. --Beau. &

Shrive, v. i.
To receive confessions, as a priest; to administer confession
and absolution. --Spenser.

Synonyms: confess, squeal

See Also: acknowledge, admit

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