Shrift (?), n. [OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr. scrifan to shrive. See Shrive.]

1.

The act of shriving.

In shrift and preaching is my diligence. Chaucer.

2.

Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent upon it.

Chaucer.

Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day? Shak.

Therefore, my lord, address you to your shrift, And be yourself; for you must die this instant. Rowe.

Shrift father, a priest to whom confession is made.

 

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