shrift(redirected from shrifts)
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1. The act of shriving.
2. Confession to a priest.
3. Absolution given by a priest. See Note at short shrift.
[Middle English, from Old English scrift, from Latin scrīptum, something written, from neuter past participle of scrībere, to write; see shrive.]
archaic the act or an instance of shriving or being shriven. See also short shrift
[Old English scrift, from Latin scriptum script]
1. the imposition of penance by a priest on a penitent after confession.
2. absolution or remission of sins granted after confession and penance.
3. confession to a priest.