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kənˈfɛʃ əncon·fes·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confessionnoun

    an admission of misdeeds or faults

  2. confessionnoun

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

  3. confessionnoun

    (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. confessionnoun

    a public declaration of your faith

  5. confessionnoun

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


  1. confessionnoun

    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. confessionnoun

    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. Etymology: From confessio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confessionnoun

    Etymology: from confess.

    Your engaging me first in this adventure of the Moxa, and desiring the story of it from me, is like giving one the torture, and then asking his confession, which is hard usage. William Temple.

    You will have little opportunity to practise such a confession, and should therefore supply the want of it by a due performance of it to God. William Wake, Preparation for Death.

    Who, before Pontius Pilate, witnessed a good confession? 1 Tim. vi. 13.

    If there be one amongst the fair’st of Greece,
    That loves his mistress more than in confession,
    And dare avow her beauty and her worth,
    In other arms than her’s; to him this challenge. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confessionnoun

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

  2. Confessionnoun

    acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith

  3. Confessionnoun

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

  4. Confessionnoun

    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. Confessionnoun

    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

  6. Etymology: [F. confession, L. confessio.]


  1. Confession

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confession in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of confession in a Sentence

  1. Peter De Vries:

    Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

  2. Dan Ives:

    It's a confession that the coronavirus [ is ] impacting personal computers, it's a negative but not a gamechanger for Microsoft. It will have a ripple impact across the supply chain [ and ] fans the flames on coronavirus worries. Apple and Microsoft have now confirmed the negative impact Wall Street had feared.

  3. Colin Jones:

    Presumably, trying to get a confession out of at least one of them is a goal.

  4. Abdul Qader al Khatib:

    I fear he may be tortured to extract a confession.

  5. Adi Rukun:

    It was the hardest thing I've done in my life, what I wanted was to hear a confession, but I saw them feel no remorse.

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