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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ear +‎ 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


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