Share this entry
short shrift Line breaks: short shrift

Definition of short shrift in English:


[mass noun]
1Rapid and unsympathetic dismissal; curt treatment: the judge gave short shrift to an argument based on the right to free speech
More example sentences
  • A few thought I gave short shrift to the value of biodiversity in medicine.
  • Woodward also gave short shrift to the rumoured spat between Larder and O'Sullivan.
  • Each character has his or her own painful story, and none are given short shrift in this treatment.
2 archaic Little time between condemnation and execution or punishment.
Definition of short shrift in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources