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From Old English sċrift, verbal noun of sċrīfan. More at shrive.

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shrift (countable and uncountable, plural shrifts)

  1. The act of going to or hearing a religious confession.
    • 1820, John Keats, "Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil", LIX:
      seldom did she go to chapel-shrift
  2. Confession to a priest.
  3. (obsolete) Forgiveness given by a priest after confession; remission.
    • circa 1594 CE: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
      [Friar:] Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift. / Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.

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