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Alternative forms 
- shrieve (obsolete)
- (transitive and intransitive) To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.)
- (transitive) To prescribe penance or absolution.
- (intransitive or reflexive) To confess, and receive absolution.
- "Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and shrive", - The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song.
Derived terms 
Related terms 
hear or receive a confession
prescribe penance or absolution
confess — see confess