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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Summary, careless treatment; scant attention: These annoying memos will get short shrift from the boss.
  • n. Quick work.
  • n. A short respite, as from death.
  • n. The brief time before execution granted a condemned prisoner for confession and absolution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A quick rejection, especially one which is impolite and undertaken without proper consideration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brief and unsympathetic rejection


Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon. (Wiktionary)


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