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a past participle of shrive.
verb (used with object), shrove or shrived, shriven or shrived, shriving.
to impose penance on (a sinner).
to grant absolution to (a penitent).
to hear the confession of (a person).
verb (used without object), shrove or shrived, shriven or shrived, shriving. Archaic.
to hear confessions.
to go to or make confession; confess one’s sins, as to a priest.
verb (mainly RC Church) shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven (ˈʃrɪvən), shrived
to hear the confession of (a penitent)
(transitive) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
(intransitive) to confess one’s sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness


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