Wiktionary:Word of the day/2021/February 23

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Word of the day
for February 23
short shrift n
  1. (countable, uncountable, chiefly Roman Catholicism, historical) A rushed sacrament of confession given to a prisoner who is to be executed very soon.
  2. (chiefly uncountable, by extension) Speedy execution, usually without any proper determination of guilt.
  3. (countable, by extension) A short interval of relief or time.
  4. (chiefly uncountable, figuratively) Sometimes preceded by the: a quick dismissal or rejection, especially one which is impolite and undertaken without proper consideration.
  5. (chiefly uncountable, figuratively, dated) Something dealt with or overcome quickly and without difficulty; something made short work of.
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