Definitions for confesskənˈfɛs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confess, squeal, fink(verb)

    confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure

  2. concede, profess, confess(verb)

    admit (to a wrongdoing)

    "She confessed that she had taken the money"

  3. confess(verb)

    confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith


  1. confess(Verb)

    To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed

  2. confess(Verb)

    To disclose or reveal

    People confess to anything under torture.

  3. Origin: From confessen, from confesser, from confesser, from confessāre, a derivative of confessus ( confes), past participle of confitērī "to confess, admit" from con- + fateri. Displaced andetten "to confess, admit" (from andettan).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confess(verb)

    to make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt

  2. Confess(verb)

    to acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in

  3. Confess(verb)

    to admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment

  4. Confess(verb)

    to make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun

  5. Confess(verb)

    to hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest

  6. Confess(verb)

    to disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest

  7. Confess(verb)

    to make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience

  8. Confess(verb)

    to acknowledge; to admit; to concede


  1. Confess

    "Confess" is a popular song written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss. The song figures in the early careers of two important female singers: ⁕In 1947, Doris Day was making a transition from a Big band singer, most recently with Les Brown, to a solo vocalist. Her first major record away from the band was a duet with Buddy Clark, with this song on one side and "Love Somebody" on the other. The record became a two-sided hit, the first two of a string of hits for Day that made her one of the top female singers in popular music. ⁕About the same time, Mercury Records was planning to record the song as a vehicle for Frankie Laine. They were persuaded instead to give the song to a young female singer, who had not, at the time, a single hit: Patti Page. Page's manager, Jack Rael, succeeded in getting Mercury to let her record the song, but because of a low budget, a second singer could not be hired, so Rael suggested that Page sing the second part as well. The novelty of her doing two voices on one record probably contributed to the song becoming a top 20 hit for her. This became not only the first of many hits for Patti Page, but the first song on which a singer did more than one track. For Patti Page, multi-tracking became a trademark of her style, while others, such as Les Paul and Mary Ford, as well as Jane Turzy, took up this practice too.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confess

    kon-fes′, v.t. to acknowledge fully, esp. something wrong: to own or admit: to make known, as sins to a priest: to hear a confession, as a priest.—v.i. to make confession.—ns. Confes′sion, acknowledgment of a crime or fault: avowal; a statement of one's religious belief: acknowledgment of sin to a priest; Confes′sional, the seat or enclosed recess where a priest hears confessions.—adj. pertaining to confession.—ns. Confes′sionalism; Confes′sionalist.—adj. Confes′sionary, of or belonging to confession.—n. a confessional.—ns. Confess′or, one who professes the Christian faith, or a priest who hears confessions and grants absolution: one who endures persecution but not death:—fem. Confess′oress; Confess′orship.—adjs. Confessed′, Confest′, admitted: avowed: evident.—advs. Confess′edly, Confest′ly.—Confession of Faith, a formulary embodying the religious beliefs of a church or sect: a creed.—Confess to, to admit, acknowledge; Stand confessed, to be revealed. [Fr. confesser—L. confitēri, confessuscon, sig. completeness, and fatērifāri, to speak.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confess' in Verbs Frequency: #821


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confess in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Fanny Burney:

    I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.

  2. Jim Bob:

    We felt it was an important step for Josh to confess to the police.

  3. Publilius Syrus:

    To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.

  4. The British-born Avner:

    However, I never threw away those scribbles. I confess I was naughty.

  5. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.

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