shrive


shrive
shrive [shrīv]
vt.
shrived or shrove, shriven [shriv′ən] or shrived, shriving [ME shriven < OE scrifan, akin to Ger schreiben, to write < early WGmc borrowing < L scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] Archaic
1. to hear the confession of and absolve
2. to get absolution for oneself by confessing
vi.
Archaic
1. to make one's confession
2. to hear confessions

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  • Shrive — Shrive, v. t. [imp. {Shrived}or {Shrove}; p. p. {Shriven}or {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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrive — Shrive, v. i. To receive confessions, as a priest; to administer confession and absolution. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrive — ► VERB (past shrove; past part. shriven) archaic 1) (of a priest) hear the confession of, assign penance to, and absolve (someone). 2) (shrive oneself) present oneself to a priest for confession, penance, and absolution. ORIGIN Old English,… …   English terms dictionary

  • shrive — index clear, excuse, forgive, palliate (excuse), purge (wipe out by atonement), redeem (satisfy debts) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. W …   Law dictionary

  • shrive — O.E. scrifan assign, decree, impose penance, from W.Gmc. *skriban (Cf. O.S. scriban, O.Du. scrivan, Du. schrijven to write; O.N. skrjpt penance, confession ), an early borrowing from L. scribere to write (see SCRIPT (Cf. script)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shrive — This most interesting surname, with variant spellings Shreeve(s), Shreve, Shrive, Schrieve, Shireff, and Sheriff, originated as an occupational name for a sheriff, a word derived from the Old English scir , shire, administrative district, plus… …   Surnames reference

  • shrive — [OE] Shrive ‘hear someone’s confession’ goes back ultimately to Latin scrībere ‘write’ (source of English scribe, script, etc). This was borrowed into prehistoric West Germanic as *skrīban, whose direct descendants are German schreiben and Dutch… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • shrive — [OE] Shrive ‘hear someone’s confession’ goes back ultimately to Latin scrībere ‘write’ (source of English scribe, script, etc). This was borrowed into prehistoric West Germanic as *skrīban, whose direct descendants are German schreiben and Dutch… …   Word origins

  • shrive — verb (shrived or shrove; shriven or shrived; shriving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scrīfan to shrive, prescribe (akin to Old High German scrīban to write), from Latin scribere to write more at scribe Date: before 12th century… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shrive — verb /ˈʃɹaɪv/ a) To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.) Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and shrive , The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song. b) To prescribe penance or absolution See Also: scribe, shrift …   Wiktionary