Shrift (?), n. [OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr. scrifan to shrive. See Shrive.]
The act of shriving.
In shrift and preaching is my diligence.
Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent upon it.
Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day?
Therefore, my lord, address you to your shrift,
And be yourself; for you must die this instant.
Shrift father, a priest to whom confession is made.
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