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 for Shrift
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrift \Shrift\, n. [OE. shrift, schrift, AS. scrift, fr.
     scr[imac]fan to shrive. See Shrive.]
     1. The act of shriving.
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              In shrift and preaching is my diligence. --Chaucer.
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     2. Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent
        upon it. --Chaucer.
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              Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day? --Shak.
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              Therefore, my lord, address you to your shrift,
              And be yourself; for you must die this instant.
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     Shrift father, a priest to whom confession is made.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of being shriven

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrift":
     absolution, acknowledgment, admission, amnesty, avowal, concession,
     confession, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration, grace,
     immunity, indemnity, owning, owning up, pardon, redemption,
     remission, remission of sin, reprieve, rite of confession, sparing,

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