from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic The act of shriving.
- n. Archaic Confession to a priest.
- n. Archaic Absolution given by a priest. See Note at short shrift.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of going to or hearing a religious confession.
- n. Confession to a priest.
- n. Forgiveness given by a priest after confession; remission.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of shriving.
- n. Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent upon it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The penitential act of confession to a priest, especially in the case of a dying penitent.
- n. Absolution received after confession; pardon.
- n. The priestly act of confessing and absolving a penitent.
- n. Figuratively, in strict confidence; as if in confession.
- To confess and absolve; shrive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of being shriven
Middle English, from Old English scrift, from Latin scrīptum, something written, from neuter past participle of scrībere, to write; see shrive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)