• From Middle English shryven, shriven, schrifen, from Old English sċrīfan ("1. to decree, pass judgement, prescribe, 2. (of a priest) to prescribe penance or absolution"), from late Proto-Germanic *skrībaną, a borrowing from Latin scrībō ("write"). Compare West Frisian skriuwe ("to write"), Low German schrieven ("to write"), Dutch schrijven ("to write"), German schreiben ("to write"), Danish skrive ("to write"), Swedish skriva ("to write"), Icelandic skrifa ("to write"). More at scribe.

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