Part of speech: noun

The act of shriving; absolution.

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Usage examples "shrift":

  1. They will show thee short shrift indeed when my loss is discovered. - "Rung Ho!", Talbot Mundy.
  2. I was just starting to do the ceremonial fencing salute which generally preceded the actual hostilities, when he came to the engage, lunged, and had it not been for the button of the enemy's foil and my leather jacket, there would have been short shrift for J. M. G. He quickly called " One to me." - "The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon", José Maria Gordon.
  3. They were easily induced to believe that the usual Church penances, and ample Church gifts, would suffice for the insult offered to the relics: and,- if they in so grave a case outstripped, in absolution, an authority amply sufficing for all ordinary matters,- Harold, as king, might easily gain from the Pope himself that full pardon and shrift, which as mere earl, against the Prince of the Normans, he would fail of obtaining. - "Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.