Definitions

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  • n. A confessor; a priest who hears confessions.

Etymologies

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shrift +‎ father

Examples

  • (Gascoigne) did service once, if not instead of astrologer, yet side by side with it; ‘halfgod’ (Golding) had the advantage over ‘demigod’, that it was all of one piece; ‘to eyebite’ (Holland) told its story at least as well as to fascinate; ‘shriftfather’ as confessor; ‘earshrift’

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