1. the act of being shriven
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shrift \Shrift\, n. [OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr.
scr[imac]fan to shrive. See Shrive.]
1. The act of shriving.
In shrift and preaching is my diligence. --Chaucer.
2. Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent
upon it. --Chaucer.
Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day? --Shak.
Therefore, my lord, address you to your shrift,
And be yourself; for you must die this instant.
Shrift father, a priest to whom confession is made.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of being shriven
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrift":
absolution, acknowledgment, admission, amnesty, avowal, concession,
confession, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration, grace,
immunity, indemnity, owning, owning up, pardon, redemption,
remission, remission of sin, reprieve, rite of confession, sparing,