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shrove

[shrohv] /ʃroʊv/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of shrive.
Origin
Middle English shroof, Old English scrāf

shrive

[shrahyv] /ʃraɪv/
verb (used with object), shrove or shrived, shriven or shrived, shriving.
1.
to impose penance on (a sinner).
2.
to grant absolution to (a penitent).
3.
to hear the confession of (a person).
verb (used without object), shrove or shrived, shriven or shrived, shriving. Archaic.
4.
to hear confessions.
5.
to go to or make confession; confess one's sins, as to a priest.
Origin
before 900; Middle English shriven, schrifen, Old English scrīfan to prescribe, cognate with German schreiben to write ≪ Latin scrībere; see scribe1
Related forms
unshrived, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shrove

shrove

/ʃrəʊv/
verb
1.
a past tense of shrive

shrive

/ʃraɪv/
verb (mainly RC Church) shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven (ˈʃrɪvən), shrived
1.
to hear the confession of (a penitent)
2.
(transitive) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
3.
(intransitive) to confess one's sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness
Derived Forms
shriver, noun
Word Origin
Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for shrove
shrive
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).
shrove
1570s, shortened from Shrovetide (early 15c.), from schrof-, related to schrifen (see shrive). Shrove Tuesday (c.1500) is from practice of celebration and merrymaking before going to confession at the beginning of Lent.
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