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shrive

Pronunciation: /ʃraɪv/

Translation of shrive in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense of/pasado de shrove or , shrived past participle of/participio pasado de, shriven or , shrived)

  • [Religion/Religión] [archaic] confesar*
    Example sentences
    • In the week immediately before lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him and make pancakes.
    • Pascal accompanies the priest on his regular visit to shrive the residents of the local mental hospital, and finds himself hearing one of the confessions, almost but not quite by accident.
    • Without the direct intervention of God's angels, William cannot recognize it and be shriven of it.
    Example sentences
    • Neither is he one of those Fianna Fáil people who argues that the party needs to shrive itself and get back to basics.
    • Moreover, contrition must be continual, and a man must keep and hold a steadfast purpose to shrive himself and to amend his way of life.
    • And if he live until his last day, scarcely then may he shrive himself or then remember his sins, or repent of them, because of the grievous malady about to cause his death.

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