verb transitiveWord forms: shrived or shrove, ˈshriven (ˈʃrɪvən
; shrivˈən) or shrived, ˈshriving Archaic
1. to hear the confession of and absolve
2. to get absolution for oneself by confessing
verb intransitive Archaic
3. to make one's confession
4. to hear confessions
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Word origin of 'shrive'
< OE scrifan
, akin to Ger schreiben
, to write < early WGmc borrowing < L scribere
, to write: see scribe