Definition of shrift in English:

shrift

noun

Archaic
  • 1[mass noun] Confession, especially to a priest.

    ‘go to shrift’
    See also short shrift
    1. 1.1Absolution by a priest.

Origin

Old English scrift ‘penance imposed after confession’, from shrive.

Pronunciation:

shrift

/ʃrɪft/