from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Auricular confession.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A nickname for auricular confession; shrift.
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- noun obsolete, rare, colloquial
auricular confession; shrift
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(Gascoigne) did service once, if not instead of astrologer, yet side by side with it; ‘halfgod’ (Golding) had the advantage over ‘demigod’, that it was all of one piece; ‘to eyebite’ (Holland) told its story at least as well as to fascinate; ‘shriftfather’ as confessor; ‘earshrift’
English Past and Present Richard Chenevix Trench 1846