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Definitions of shriven

shriven  (ˈʃrɪvn) 


past participle of verb

  1. See shrive

shrive  (ʃraɪv



Word forms:   shrives,  shriving,  shrove,  shrived,  shriven   (ˈʃrɪvən ,  shrived
(mainly Roman Catholic Church)
  1. to hear the confession of (a penitent)
  2. (transitive) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
  3. (intransitive) to confess one's sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness

Derived Forms

ˈshriver  noun

Word Origin

Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write

Example Sentences Including 'shriven'

Cuthbert had shriven him and brought the sacrament for that last great journey.
Grace, C.L A Shrine of Murders
With her baby's christening, she would find herself shriven and finally named herself.
Weldon, Fay Splitting


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