AskDefine | Define shrift

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shrift n : the act of being shriven

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  • (US) /ʃrɪft/
  • Rhymes: -ɪft


  1. The act of going to or hearing a religious confession.
  2. Confession to a priest.
  3. Forgiveness given by a priest after confession.
    • circa 1594 CE: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
      (Friar:) Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift. / Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.

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confession to a priest
  • Finnish: rippi, ripittäytyminen

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