\ ˈshrift How to pronounce shrift (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrift \

Definition of shrift

1 archaic
a : a remission of sins pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of reconciliation
b : the act of shriving : confession
2 obsolete : confessional

Examples of shrift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Mary Lou Williams gets plenty of lip service — the subject of biographies and documentaries, the namesake of nonprofits and university buildings — her actual music gets shorter shrift. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 With only 7 episodes to explore it all versus last season’s 8, Alan’s arc unfortunately gets shorter shrift than Nadia’s. Caroline Framke, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 Of all the traumas afflicting humans — betrayal, illness, death, war — puberty is the one that gets shortest shrift in representational form. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2020 Similarly, Salvador’s cherished childhood memories also get short cinematic shrift. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2019 More Stories HBCUs were not the only education issue that received short-shrift during last night’s debate. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2019 Shorter shrift is given to the role of vernacular architecture and how such traditional elements as the Ottoman divanhana (house-wrapping porch) enriched modernist structures. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2018 Related While China worried that its interests might get short-shrift in the Trump-Kim summit, the meeting unexpectedly proved favorable to Beijing. Jeremy Page, WSJ, 13 June 2018 Dramatic revelations are continually given short-shrift; when Millsap's electoral chances are severely threatened by a false allegation regarding her late husband, the writer rushes over the information as if the details were unimportant. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of shrift

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shrift

Middle English, from Old English scrift, from scrīfan to shrive — more at shrive

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“Shrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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