noun \ˈshrift, especially Southern ˈsrift\

Definition of shrift

  1. 1 archaic a :  a remission of sins pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of reconciliationb :  the act of shriving :  confession

  2. 2 obsolete :  confessional

Origin and Etymology of shrift

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

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