shrive


shrive

verb \ˈshrīv, especially Southern ˈsrīv\
shrived or shrove \ˈshrōv, ˈsrōv\ shriv·en \ˈshri-vən, ˈsri-\ or shrivedshriv·ing

Definition of SHRIVE

transitive verb
1
:  to administer the sacrament of reconciliation to
2
:  to free from guilt
intransitive verb
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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