• WordNet 3.6
    • n shrift the act of being shriven
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shrift Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent upon it. "Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day?""Therefore, my lord, address you to your shrift ,
      And be yourself; for you must die this instant."
    • Shrift The act of shriving. "In shrift and preaching is my diligence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shrift The penitential act of confession to a priest, especially in the case of a dying penitent.
    • n shrift Absolution received after confession; pardon.
    • n shrift The priestly act of confessing and absolving a penitent.
    • n shrift Figuratively, in strict confidence; as if in confession.
    • shrift To confess and absolve; shrive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shrift shrift a confession made to a priest: absolution—esp. of a dying man.
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Short shrift - If somebody gives you short shrift, they treat you rudely and brusquely, showing no interest or sympathy.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr. scrīfan, to shrive. See Shrive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scriftscrífan, to shrive.


In literature:

Spies were given short shrift on Wolf, and a mile from the spaceport, I might as well have been on one of those moons.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
And if I challenge him his shrift will have to be swift and sure.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The Yoshida Goten had shorter shrift than its once occupant.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
And oh for the days of good King Nicholas, who would have given them short shrift!
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
He understood his enemies and events too well to be surprised that his shrift was to be short.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Those clever chaps who devise all sorts of codes to tell the home folks just where they are in France, meet short shrift at the censor's hands.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
They had expected a short shrift and a speedy execution.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
But nevertheless, she told it to her Shrift-father, and he, as a wise man and wary, gave her this counsel.
"The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises" by Richard Rolle of Hampole
He lost his place, his money, and at last came to beg for shrift and punishment.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
It was never the use in our country One's shrift another should hear.
"Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws" by Frank Sidgwick

In poetry:

Masses for souls that are lost
In the wilds of sin--
There mumbled, "Ye'll pay cost
Ere to shrift ye win!"
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
I can see your drowsy lashes
Lifting as you hear them read
Prayers in mercy for our souls' shrift
When we come to our last need.
"In The Artillery" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
"But where now shall we find a priest
Our shrift that he may hear?"—
"The Switzer priest has ta'en the field,
He deals a penance drear.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
"Stand abacke! stand abacke!" sayd Robin;
"Why draw you mee soe neere?
Itt was never the use in our countrye
One's shrift another shold heere."
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Ah, if you did at such times, you might lead him
Home by a thread. Good! Again you are smiling:
You have no faith in such shrift, and but little
In priest or penitent.
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

For a classic Russian ballet that debuted the same year as Swan Lake, La Bayadère — "The Temple Dancer" — has always gotten short shrift in Boston.
To his credit, no single style— bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing—gets short shrift.
Bankers' long tradition getting short shrift these days.
With Labor Day behind us, the nation's voters now are expected to treat more seriously the election campaigns they thus far have given short shrift.
The press has given short shrift to an important report by the Congressional Oversight Panel on the government's bailout efforts.
A pantheon of short shrift, featuring the Eagles.
In the pantheon of short shrift, Eagles fans may have Donovan McNabb, left, but at least.
Trade gets short shrift in presidential campaign.
More GMO-bashing, but as usual the other side gets short shrift in media.
Dumbing down gets? short shrift a. Knoxville News Sentinel.
'No-kill' shelters hardly answer in community where 'no-birth' gets short shrift .
Tall Tales and Short Shrift .
Energy-Saving Spots Give Cars Short Shrift .
No short shrift for snack food production.
Unsurprisingly, this abbreviated work gives short shrift to much of that story.

In science:

Series, The Riley slice revised, in the Epstein Birthday Shrift, I.
Homotopically equivalent simple loops on 2-bridge spheres in 2-bridge link complements (II)
Series, The Riley slice revised, in the Epstein Birthday Shrift, I.
Homotopically equivalent simple loops on 2-bridge spheres in 2-bridge link complements (III)
Does this mean that we should give up on the symmetry approach in favour of anarchy? In this review the idea of giving up on the symmetry approach in favour of anarchy is given short shrift for good reason, namely some simple mixing patterns remain a good approximate characterisation of lepton mixing.
Neutrino Mass and Mixing with Discrete Symmetry