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
- To confess and absolve; shrive.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of being shriven
But in short shrift, that may not matter any longer.
In a way, this weirdly understates the severity of institutional racism in the United States, since it implies that there were all these qualified minority jurists who were getting short shrift from the Oval Office.
Barberio (Moncton) and Southorn (Prince Edward Island) are a pair of Quebec Leaguers who play for clubs out in the Maritimes and get short shrift from the scouting community at large.
Then in short shrift within a year or so in the US Senate, he has decided he wants to be President.
Roberts is one of the current generation of female singers, who are still getting short shrift from the inherently sexist country radio format.
IIRC, in both cases she wrote opinions which supported the lower court without addressing the major issues at debate, in short shrift memos.
For now it is focusing on music, movies, online video, and, in short shrift, TV.
Mr. Hooper also noted that while "Eyjafjallajokull is a relatively small volcano and unlikely to erupt the volumes of material that will have a significant impact on climate," it is also true that "eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull in 1821-1823 and 1612 were followed in short shrift by eruptions of its much larger neighbor, Katla."
Despite China's State Language Work Committee investing eight years consulting language experts and mulling over the changes, the new characters received short shrift from the Chinese public
Meanwhile, Julian Simon gets short shrift from the media — “Hey, things are going to be OK!!!” doesn’t sell newspapers and newsmagazines anywhere near as effectively as Apocoporn.