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shrive

play
verb \ˈshrīv, especially Southern ˈsrīv\

Definition of shrive

shrived or shrove play \ˈshrōv, ˈsrōv\ shriv·en play \ˈshri-vən, ˈsri-\ or shrivedshriv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to administer the sacrament of reconciliation to

  3. 2 :  to free from guilt

  4. intransitive verb
  5. archaic :  to confess one's sins especially to a priest



Origin of shrive

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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