Shrive vs Shriven - What's the difference?

shrive | shriven |

As verbs the difference between shrive and shriven

is that shrive is (transitive|and|intransitive) to hear or receive a confession (of sins etc) while shriven is .



Alternative forms

* shrieve (obsolete)


  • (transitive, and, intransitive) To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.)
  • * Shakespeare
  • Doubtless he shrives this woman, / Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
  • * Longfellow
  • Till my guilty soul be shriven .
  • To prescribe penance or absolution.
  • (intransitive, or, reflexive) To confess, and receive absolution.
  • "Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and'' ''shrive ", - The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song.

    Derived terms

    * shrove * Shrovetide * Shrove Monday * Shrove Sunday * Shrove Tuesday