confess, squeal, fink(verb)
confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
concede, profess, confess(verb)
admit (to a wrongdoing)
"She confessed that she had taken the money"
confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed
To disclose or reveal
People confess to anything under torture.
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).
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
to acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in
to admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment
to make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun
to hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest
to disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest
to make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience
to acknowledge; to admit; to concede
"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
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, confessus—con, sig. completeness, and fatēri—fāri, to speak.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'confess' in Verbs Frequency: #821
The numerical value of confess in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of confess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.
We felt it was an important step for Josh to confess to the police.
To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.
However, I never threw away those scribbles. I confess I was naughty.
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
Images & Illustrations of confess
Translations for confess
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for confess »
Find a translation for the confess definition in other languages:
Select another language: