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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.
v.intr. Archaic
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.]

shriv′er n.
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The day gets its name from the ritual of shriving which means an act of confessing sins and getting absolution.
It started after a woman cooking pancakes heard the shriving bell summoning her to confession.
'Shriving' is the name given to confession and absolution, which traditionally took place the day before Ash Wednesday when the Lenten fast began.