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v. shrove (shrōv) or shrived, shriv·en (shrĭv′ən) or shrived, shriv·ing, shrives
1. To hear the confession of and give absolution to (a penitent).
2. To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance.
1. To make or go to confession.
2. To hear confessions.
[Middle English schriven, from Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]
vb, shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven (ˈʃrɪvən) or shrived
1. (Theology) to hear the confession of (a penitent)
2. (Theology) (tr) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
3. (Theology) (intr) to confess one's sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness
[Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write]
v. shrove shrived, shriv•en shrived, shriv•ing. v.t.
1. to impose penance on (a sinner).
2. to grant absolution to (a penitent).v.i. Archaic.
3. to confess one's sins, as to a priest.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English scrīfan to assign, impose as a penance or sentence, c. Old Frisian skrīva to write, shrive, Old High German scrīban to write, prescribe]
Past participle: shriven/shrived