What does confession mean?

Definitions for confessionkənˈfɛʃ ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word confession.

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)


  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

  6. Origin: [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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    Ridicule is a public confession of fear.

  2. Anatole France:

    Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

  3. G.K. Chesterton:

    Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.

  4. Abdul Qader al Khatib:

    I fear he may be tortured to extract a confession.

  5. Roland Barthes:

    Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.

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