Shrove
Shrive 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. [1913 Webster]

That they should shrive their parishioners. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . . Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Till my guilty soul be shriven. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively. [1913 Webster]

Get you to the church and shrive yourself. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Shrove — Shrove, imp. of {Shrive}. [1913 Webster] {Shrove Sunday}, Quinguagesima Sunday. {Shrove Tuesday}, the Tuesday following Quinguagesima Sunday, and preceding the first day of Lent, or Ash Wednesday. Note: It was formerly customary in England, on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrove — Shrove, v. i. To join in the festivities of Shrovetide; hence, to make merry. [Obs.] J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrove — 1570s, shortened from Shrovetide (early 15c.), from schrof , related to schrifen (see SHRIVE (Cf. shrive)). Shrove Tuesday (c.1500) is from practice of celebration and merrymaking before going to confession at the beginning of Lent …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrove — shrove; Shrove; …   English syllables

  • shrove — [shrōv] vt., vi. alt. pt. of SHRIVE …   English World dictionary

  • shrove — /shrohv/, v. a pt. of shrive. [ME shroof, OE scraf] * * * …   Universalium

  • shrove —  Past tense of shrive, to give confession …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • shrove — v. hear a confession of sins; assign penance for sins; absolve sins after confession and repentance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shrove — 1) shover 2) hovers …   Anagrams dictionary

  • shrove — past of shrive …   English new terms dictionary

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