shrove [shrohv] ExamplesWord Origin verb

  1. a simple past tense of shrive.

Origin of shrove Middle English shroof, Old English scrāf shrive [shrahyv] verb (used with object), shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing.

  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, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing. Archaic.

  1. to hear confessions.
  2. to go to or make confession; confess one’s sins, as to a priest.

Origin of shrive before 900; Middle English shriven, schrifen, Old English scrīfan to prescribe, cognate with German schreiben to write ≪ Latin scrībere; see scribe1 Related formsun·shrived, adjective Related Words for shrove purge, acquit, pardon, absolve, repent, forgive, atone, free Examples from the Web for shrove Historical Examples of shrove

  • This had once already, on Shrove Tuesday, 1604, been used for a play.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

  • Shrove Sunday has its range between the 1st of February and the 7th of March.

    Notes and Queries, Number 190, June 18, 1853


  • Shrove Tuesday happened to be a few days after we had sold the cow.

    Nobody’s Boy

    Hector Malot

  • There had been an unusual amount of talk this year about the parade on Shrove Tuesday.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • But on certain occasions, such as Shrove Tuesday, for instance, ah!

    From sketch-book and diary

    Elizabeth Butler

  • British Dictionary definitions for shrove shrove verb

    1. a past tense of shrive

    shrive verb shrives, shriving, shrove, shrived, shriven (ˈʃrɪvən) or shrived mainly RC Church

    1. to hear the confession of (a penitent)
    2. (tr) to impose a penance upon (a penitent) and grant him sacramental absolution
    3. (intr) to confess one’s sins to a priest in order to obtain sacramental forgiveness

    Derived Formsshriver, nounWord Origin for shrive Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere to write Word Origin and History for shrove n.

    “shrift, shriving,” 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.

    shrive v.

    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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