Definition of shrift in English:

shrift

Syllabification: shrift
Pronunciation: /SHrift
 
/

noun

archaic
1Confession, especially to a priest: go to shrift See also short shrift.
1.1Absolution by a priest.

Origin

Old English scrift 'penance imposed after confession', from shrive.

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