shrift
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scrift, from scrīfan to shrive — more at shrive Date: before 12th century 1. archaic a. a remission of sins pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of reconciliation b. the act of shriving ; confession 2. obsolete confessional

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  • Shrift — Shrift, n. [OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr. scr[=i]fan to shrive. See {Shrive}.] 1. The act of shriving. [1913 Webster] In shrift and preaching is my diligence. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Confession made to a priest, and the absolution… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrift — [ ʃrıft ] noun short shrift a firm and immediate refusal to do something, give something, or deal with something in a sympathetic way: I ll give them short shrift if they ask me for money! Any mention of overworked teachers gets short shrift from …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shrift — [shrift] n. [ME schrift < OE scrift < scrifan, to SHRIVE] Archaic 1. confession to and absolution by a priest 2. the act of shriving: See also SHORT SHRIFT …   English World dictionary

  • Shrift — may refer to: * Shrift (band), a band with Nina Miranda * Confession * Absolution …   Wikipedia

  • shrift — [ʃrıft] →get/be given short shrift at ↑short1 (15) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrift — O.E. scrift confession to priest, followed by penance and absolution, verbal noun from scrifan to impose penance (see SHRIVE (Cf. shrive)). Short shrift originally was the brief time for a condemned criminal to confess before execution (1590s);… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrift — /shrift/, n. Archaic. 1. the imposition of penance by a priest on a penitent after confession. 2. absolution or remission of sins granted after confession and penance. 3. confession to a priest. [bef. 900; ME; OE scrift penance; c. G, D schrift… …   Universalium

  • shrift — /ʃrɪft / (say shrift) noun Archaic 1. the imposition of penance by a priest on a penitent after confession. 2. absolution or remission of sins granted after confession and penance. 3. confession to a priest. 4. the act of shriving. –phrase 5.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • shrift — noun /ʃɹɪft/ a) The act of going to or hearing a religious confession. (Friar:) Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift. / Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift. b) Confession to a priest. See Also: shrive, short shrift …   Wiktionary

  • shrift — [[t]ʃrɪ̱ft[/t]] PHRASE: PHR after v If someone or something gets short shrift, they are paid very little attention. The idea has been given short shrift by philosophers …   English dictionary

  • shrift — See: SHORT SHRIFT …   Dictionary of American idioms

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