Definitions for confessionkənˈfɛʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•fes•sionkənˈfɛʃ ən(n.)

  1. acknowledgment; avowal; admission.

  2. acknowledgment or disclosure of sin, esp. to a priest to obtain absolution.

    Category: Religion

  3. something that is confessed.

    Category: Religion

  4. a formal, usu. written acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime.

  5. a formal profession of religious belief.

    Category: Religion

  6. an organized religious group sharing the same beliefs and doctrines.

    Category: Religion

Origin of confession:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. confession(noun)

    an admission of misdeeds or faults

  2. confession(noun)

    a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party

  3. confession(noun)

    (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution

  4. confession(noun)

    a public declaration of your faith

  5. confession(noun)

    the document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. confession(noun)ənˈfɛʃ ən

    an admission that you have done sth wrong or illegal

    ***his confession to the police

  2. confessionənˈfɛʃ ən

    a statement telling a priest your sins

    ***The priest listened to my confession.; ***to go to confession


  1. confession(Noun)

    The open admittance of having done something (especially of something bad).

    Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.

  2. confession(Noun)

    the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. Now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.

    I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.

  3. Origin: From confessio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confession(noun)

    acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime

  2. Confession(noun)

    acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith

  3. Confession(noun)

    the act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution

  4. Confession(noun)

    a formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith

  5. Confession(noun)

    an admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may be explained or rebutted


  1. Confession

    Confession is the acknowledgment of sin or wrongs. It is a religious practice in a number of faith traditions.

Translations for confession

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


acknowledgment of a crime or fault

The youth made a confession to the police officer.

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