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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Shrive \Shrive\, v. t. [imp. Shrivedor Shrove; p. p. Shrivenor Shrived; p. pr. & vb. n. Shriving.] [OE. shriven, schriven, AS. scr[imac]van to shrive, to impose penance or punishment; akin to OFries. skr[imac]va to impose punishment; cf. OS. biskr[imac]ban to be troubled. Cf. Shrift, Shrovetide.] 1. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer confession and absolution to; -- said of a priest as the agent. [1913 Webster] That they should shrive their parishioners. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . . Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Till my guilty soul be shriven. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively. [1913 Webster] Get you to the church and shrive yourself. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]