shrift

noun
\ˈshrift, 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

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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, "The Unexpected Winner From the Trump-Kim Summit: China," 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, "'Kings': Theater Review," 21 Feb. 2018 Health care had a prominent role to play in the deal—but some programs were given greater shrift than others. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Genome on a Blockchain, Budget Deal, U.S. Life Expectancy Drop," 9 Feb. 2018 The accident actually gets rather short emotional shrift for such a traumatic event. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Charismatic cast powers Estefans' story in lightweight 'On Your Feet'," 18 Oct. 2017 Antonio Conte has given short shrift to queries about Chelsea's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to potential Premier League title rivals Manchester United. SI.com, "Antonio Conte Offers Curt Opinion on Chelsea's Decision to Sell Nemanja Matic to Rivals Man Utd," 4 Aug. 2017 Wisely, McDonald is generous with screen time for Jill, whose predicament is the most complicated, but whose character might have gotten short shrift from other male directors. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Some Freaks': Fantasia Review," 4 Aug. 2017 But as long as issues still plague our female leads, there's nothing to do except lament this other, perhaps less pressing way women get the short shrift. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Let's Pour One Out for the True Rom-Com Underdog: The Best Friend," 21 July 2017 X-Men: Dark Phoenix Jean Grey got short shrift in X-Men: The Last Stand: The writers used her dark powers as a plot device rather than exploring the powerful mutant's struggle with her inner demons. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "These Are the Movies and TV Shows We Want to See at Comic-Con," 19 July 2017

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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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