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shrive

[ shrahyv ]SEE DEFINITION OF shrive

Synonyms for shrive

  • absolve
  • acquit
  • atone
  • forgive
  • free
  • pardon
  • purge
  • repent
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Antonyms for shrive

  • blame
  • censure
  • charge
  • condemn
  • convict
  • damn
  • hold
  • punish
  • sentence
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHRIVE

Shrive me for obeying the Bishop, and bringing doom upon the heretics!

Did ever “Father Confessor” have so sweet and so wilful a sinner to shrive!

Yet if Father Bastian refused to shrive me, what should come of me?

Confess, dear sinner; I will shrive you and grant absolution for the past, whatever it may be.

Who will shrive these poor fellows, then, if you have turned your back upon them?

They went to shrive the dying, bury the dead, and console the bereaved.

This is naughty, I know, but as I have gone into the confessional, I will make a clean "shrive" of it.

The Prince goes to shrive himself, and right wisely he judges.

For they shrive them and housel them evermore once or twice in the week.

A priest, a priest, sayes Aldingàr, Me for to houzle and shrive.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

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excuse

verbforgive, absolve; justify
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