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Etymology 1[edit]

See sheriff.


shrieve (plural shrieves)

  1. Obsolete form of sheriff.
    • 1591, unknown author, The Troublesome Reign of King John:
      Please it your Majesty, here is the shrieve of Northamptonshire, with certain persons that of late committed a riot, and have appealed to your Majesty beseeching your Highness for special cause to hear them.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well:
      I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the shrieve's fool with child: a dumb innocent that could not say him nay.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Also appears capitalised, particularly when used as a title.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See shrive.


shrieve (third-person singular simple present shrieves, present participle shrieving, simple past shrieved, past participle shrieved or shriven)

  1. Obsolete form of shrive.
  2. (obsolete) To question.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, 1869, Henry John Todd (editor), The Works of Edmund Spenser, page 243,
      But afterwards she gan him soft to shrieve,
      And wooe with fair intreatie, to disclose
      Which of the nymphes his heart so sore did mieve: