One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to a sheriff.
- ‘Since large sums were often paid for shrieval office, we may guess that the profit was good, and there is evidence of various types of extortion.’
- ‘Not surprisingly, Justice of the Peaces (JPs) themselves felt that the proposals had not been justified and it did not make sense to pay shrieval salaries for work the JPs currently do voluntarily.’
- ‘In the late twelfth century, however, Cornwall was brought within the English shrieval system; and subsequently the king's justices on eyre operated as effectively in this county as in any other.’
- ‘Home's tenure as sheriff of Berwick in 1599 was less noteworthy, and demonstrated his difficulty in balancing shrieval duties with his active court life at that time.’
Late 17th century: from shrieve, obsolete variant of sheriff.
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