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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.

    Etymology: From confessio.

  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.

    Etymology: From confessio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confessionnoun

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

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

  2. Confessionnoun

    acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith

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

  3. Confessionnoun

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

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

  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

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

  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

    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. Santiago Pedroso:

    You can imagine that a confession is very powerful evidence. In his confession he said he shot her because she had a gun and fired at him first, but there was no other evidence found anywhere inside the restaurant that supported that theory.

  2. Ms Armenta:

    They said they would bring my two children, rape them and cut them up into pieces, after many hours of torture and after they’d raped me, I signed the confession. I was still blindfolded. I never even read what I had signed.

  3. 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.

  4. Augustine of Hippo:

    The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Therefore, my confession lies in the unification of Africa.

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