What does confess mean?

Definitions for confess
kənˈfɛscon·fess

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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

Wiktionary

  1. confess(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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).

  2. confess(Verb)

    To disclose or reveal

    People confess to anything under torture.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of confess in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If God is playing hide and seek with us, I must confess that I am quite bored with this childish game!

  2. Penn Badgley:

    The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma, i was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire. Depending on so many factors, it can range from conscious abuse to something very unconscious -- and that is the point I was making, cautiously, in the context of a conversation about fanaticism and cultural norms which support manipulative or abusive behavior. These are the same norms which support predatory men, but not exclusively predatory men. They affect, and infect, us all.

  3. Trev McKendry:

    Ilkhani, 21 -- were arrested in their hometown of Tehran on November 10, 2015by the Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, according to the music blog Loudwire. Citing a letter from a friend of the band posted on the Canadian music site Metal Nation Radio, it says the two were charged with blasphemy, advertising against the system, forming and operating an underground record label that promotes the satanic metal/rock style of music, writing religious, atheistic, political and anarchistic lyrics, and interviewing with radio stations based in other nations. The letter said the pair had been held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison for nearly two months in solitary confinement, were only released on Feb. 5 after they paid 1,000,000,000 Rial( about $ 30,000), and now await trial. Trev McKendry, who posted the anonymous letter on Metal Nation Radio, posted a video on YouTube telling Confess that the global heavy metal community is behind them. I've taken [ spreading the word ] upon myself because my source, who is close to the band, reached out to me and specifically said that they asked me to help.

  4. Otep Shamaya:

    It’s infuriating to know that this band was in prison and could face death just for making an art form and speaking their own truth, what is also important here is that not everyone in Iran is an extremist and that there are many there who still value self-expression. They [ Confess ] took a chance to make art that they felt compelled to do.

  5. Andrea Velez:

    I confess that I sinned, but I paid a high price for my faults.

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