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Meaning of SHRIVE

Pronunciation:  shrIv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
 

SHRIVE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: confess, squeal
 
 See Also: acknowledge, admit

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Shrive\, v. t. [imp. {Shrived}or {Shrove}; p. p.
    {Shriven}or {Shrived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shriving}.] [OE.
    shriven, schriven, AS. scr[=i]van to shrive, to impose
    penance or punishment; akin to OFries. skr[=i]va to impose
    punishment; cf. OS. biskr[=i]ban to be troubled. Cf.
    {Shrift}, {Shrovetide}.]
    1. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer
       confession and absolution to; -- said of a priest as the
       agent.
    
             That they should shrive their parishioners. --Piers
                                                   Plowman.
    
             Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . . Else ne'er
             could he so long protract his speech. --Shak.
    
             Till my guilty soul be shriven.       --Longfellow.
    
    2. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively.
    
             Get you to the church and shrive yourself. --Beau. &
                                                   Fl.
    
    
  2. \Shrive\, v. i.
    To receive confessions, as a priest; to administer confession
    and absolution. --Spenser.
    
    
 

 

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