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.
1. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer
confession and absolution to; -- said of a priest as the
That they should shrive their parishioners. --Piers
Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . .
Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
Till my guilty soul be shriven. --Longfellow.
2. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively.
Get you to the church and shrive yourself. --Beau. &