Definition of shrift in English:

shrift

noun

archaic
  • 1Confession, especially to a priest.

    ‘go to shrift’
    See also short shrift
    1. 1.1 Absolution by a priest.
      forgiveness, pardoning, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, purgation, clemency, mercy
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

shrift

/ʃrɪft//SHrift/