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shriven (ˈʃrɪvn) 

Definitions

past participle of verb

  1. of shrive

shrive (ʃraɪv Pronunciation for shrive

Definitions

verb

Word forms:  shrives,  shriving,  shrove,  shrived,  shriven  (ˈʃrɪvən Pronunciation for ,  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
That US$1.4 billion ($2.43 billion) settlement is supposed to have shriven Wall Street of its sins.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
The forces of anti-communism could then be rallied around a monarchical establishment shriven of its unacceptable right-wing elements.
Simon Ball THE GUARDSMEN (2004)
With her baby's christening, she would find herself shriven and finally named herself.
Weldon, Fay Splitting

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