Word of the day

The word for today is…

shrive (verb) – 1. To hear the confession of and give absolution to (a penitent).
2. To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Old English scrifan “assign, prescribe, ordain, decree; impose penance, hear confession; have regard for, care for,” apparently originally “to write” (strong, past tense scraf, past participle scrifen), from Proto-Germanic *skriban (source also of Old Saxon scriban, Old Frisian skriva “write; impose penance;” Old Dutch scrivan, Dutch schrijven, German schreiben “to write, draw, paint;” Danish skrifte “confess”), an early borrowing from Latin scribere “to write”, which in Old English and Scandinavian developed further to “confess, hear confession.”

 


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