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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unshriven un-shriv′n not shriven.
    • ***


In literature:

If not, you die unshriven!
"At the Foot of the Rainbow" by Gene Stratton-Porter
However, for my part, I would rather die unshriven than have anything to say to such a confessor.
"Twenty Years After" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Alas for her soul who died unrepentant and unshriven!
"Montezuma's Daughter" by H. Rider Haggard
Yet I would not willingly take my life, and go forth unassoiled and unshriven.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Savonarola left him, and he died unshriven.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The mountains had a strange unshriven look, as if waiting to be blessed.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
What cowardly things these are; no fair fight, up you go, unshriven.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
And this, mark you, though I was still unshriven, and he had never named the churchly rite to me.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
The mountains had a strange unshriven look, as if waiting to be blessed.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
And yet, to kill her unshriven will be a twofold crime.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It was Voltaire's last triumph; four days later, unshriven and unhouseled, he expired.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
It would be like dying, not only unshriven, but in the act of guilt.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
She must forever be unshriven.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Thus we murder hundreds asleep or unshriven.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
All else she might have borne upon her conscience; but she could not bear that he should go unshriven.
"Mr. Claghorn's Daughter" by Hilary Trent
She must forever be unshriven.
"The Wayfarers" by Mary Stewart Cutting
Why should one sinner die unshriven, when such death may be prevented by the diligence of the priest?
"My Path to Atheism" by Annie Besant
And he was as yet unshriven!
"Mortmain" by Arthur Cheny Train
It would be like dying, not only unshriven, but in the act of guilt.
"Modern Essays" by John Macy
If he should die suddenly, unshriven, it is a lost soul, just the same.
"For the Soul of Rafael" by Marah Ellis Ryan

In poetry:

Craves most to cook batter
Rich in strayings with every amorous oaf,
Ready, for a trinket,
To squander owl-hours on bracken bedding,
Flesh unshriven.
"Vanity Fair" by Sylvia Plath
Some moments, I'm the sinner at his end,
That knows his doom if he unshriven go,
And losing hope of any ghostly friend,
Sees Hell already gape, and feels it glow.
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
SATAN, that pride did hurry to thy fall,
Thou porter of the grim infernal hall -
Thou keeper of the courts of souls unshriven!
To shun thy shafts, to 'scape thy hellish thrall,
Escobar makes a primrose path to heaven!
"Ballade Against The Jesuits" by Andrew Lang
Deep in my life lies buried one love unhealed, unshriven,
One hunger still shall haunt me--yea, in the streets of heaven;
This is the burden, babbler, this is the curse shall cling,
This is the thing I bring you; this is the pleasant thing.
"The Pessimist" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton