There are two confessionals, in one or the other of which we must be shriven.
Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.
Being brought on shore, he told us the sad tidings, and desired to be shriven, after which he presently died.
Truth is stern, Huber; fight then lustily, and get you shriven to-morrow.
Spectres of uncharitableness were disturbing her and she sought to be shriven.
Were it otherwise, indeed, few would be well baptized or wed or shriven.
For there were only ghosts to answer back and the hollowness of a shriven pit for the cry to travel in.
And fetch the priest of St. Martin's, for I would confess and be shriven.
When thus she had her shriven, And her worst fault had told, The mantle soon became her Right comely as it shold.
Before setting out on a cruise they were shriven and absolved.
Old English scrifan "assign, prescribe, ordain, decree; impose penance, hear confession; have regard for, care for," apparently originally "to write" (strong, past tense scraf, past participle scrifen), from West Germanic *skriban (cf. Old Saxon scriban, Old Frisian skriva "write; impose penance;" Old Dutch scrivan, Dutch schrijven, German schreiben "to write, draw, paint;" Danish skrifte "confess"), an early borrowing from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)), which in Old English and Scandinavian developed further to "confess, hear confession."