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.

before 900; Middle English shriven, schrifen, Old English scrīfan to prescribe, cognate with German schreiben to write ≪ Latin scrībere; see scribe1

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shrive (ʃraɪv)
vb , shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven, shrived
1.  to hear the confession of (a penitent)
2.  (tr) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
3.  (intr) to confess one's sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness
[Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scrifan "assign, decree, impose penance," from W.Gmc. *skriban (cf. O.S. scriban, O.Du. scrivan, Du. schrijven "to write;" O.N. skrjpt "penance, confession"), an early borrowing from L. scribere "to write" (see script).
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Then he kneeled down, and prayed the hermit to shrive him, and besought that he might be his brother.
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