(Shrink"ing*ly), adv. In a shrinking manner.
(Shriv"al*ty) n. Shrievalty. Johnson.
(Shrive) v. t. [imp. Shrived or Shrove ; p. p. Shriven or Shrived; p. pr. & vb. n. Shriving.]
[OE. shriven, schriven, AS. scrivan to shrive, to impose penance or punishment; akin to OFries. skriva
to impose punishment; cf. OS. biskriban to be troubled. Cf. Shrift, Shrovetide.]
1. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer confession and absolution to; said of a priest as
That they should shrive their parishioners.Piers Plowman.
Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . .Shak.
Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
Till my guilty soul be shriven.Longfellow.
2. To confess, and receive absolution; used reflexively.
Get you to the church and shrive yourself.Beau. & Fl.
(Shrive), v. i. To receive confessions, as a priest; to administer confession and absolution. Spenser.
(Shriv"el) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shriveled or Shrivelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Shriveling or Shrivelling.]
[Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. dial. AS. screpa to pine away, Norw. skrypa to waste, skryp,
skryv, transitory, frail, Sw. skröpling feeble, Dan. skröbelig, Icel. skrjpr brittle, frail.] To draw, or be
drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels
with age; often with up.
(Shriv"el) v. t. To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions.
(Shriv"en) p. p. of Shrive.
(Shriv"er) n. One who shrives; a confessor.
(Shriv"ing), n. Shrift; confession. Spenser.
(Shroff) n. [Ar. sarraf.] A banker, or changer of money. [East Indies]
(Shroff"age) n. The examination of coins, and the separation of the good from the debased.