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

  • v. A past participle of shrive.

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  • v. Past participle of shrive
  • v. Past participle of shrieve

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of shrive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A past participle of shrive.


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  • "shriven" or absolved from their sins, so they were able to start Lent feeling clean of spirit. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Based upon the total recompensation package received by all Workers, including those who were not Outsourced, Downsized, or Pension-shriven.

    Are Workers Getting Good Jobs?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • And some may think they can later repent and be shriven, and God will forgive them.

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • 'I'm confessed and shriven of all manner of follies,' said Elis sturdily, 'that among them.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • We watched Lev Grossman whose novel, The Magicians, came out today--go buy it--and who wrote a very funny blog entry about WorldCon get shriven by Larry Niven.

    worldcon, part 2

  • “Hath she not been shriven by Father Philip?” said the monk.

    The Monastery

  • It seemed as if my fathers total loss of control the night before had shriven his soul because without moving his eyes from the road ahead he began to make the humblest apology I have ever been offered.

    Fathers & Sons

  • On Shrove Tuesday morning the church bell would ring to call parishioners to church to be shriven.

    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Festival, Hitchin 2008

  • I had my foot upon the spot, where, at the same dread hour, the shriven prisoner was strangled; and struck my hand upon the guilty door — low-browed and stealthy — through which the lumpish sack was carried out into a boat, and rowed away, and drowned where it was death to cast a net.

    Pictures from Italy

  • A rumour got about, among the crowd, that the criminal would not confess; in which case, the priests would keep him until the Ave Maria (sunset); for it is their merciful custom never finally to turn the crucifix away from a man at that pass, as one refusing to be shriven, and consequently a sinner abandoned of the Saviour, until then.

    Pictures from Italy


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