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ˌkɒn fərˈmeɪ ʃəncon·fir·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confirmation, verification, check, substantiationnoun

    additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct

    "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

  2. confirmationnoun

    information that confirms or verifies

  3. ratification, confirmationnoun

    making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it

    "the ratification of the treaty"; "confirmation of the appointment"

  4. confirmationnoun

    a ceremony held in the synagogue (usually at Pentecost) to admit as adult members of the Jewish community young men and women who have successfully completed a course of study in Judaism

  5. confirmationnoun

    a sacrament admitting a baptized person to full participation in the church


  1. confirmationnoun

    An official indicator that things will happen as planned

  2. confirmationnoun

    Verification that something has happened

  3. confirmationnoun

    A sacrament of sealing and strengthening in many Christian Churches, often including a ceremony of anointing

  4. Etymology: From confirmatio, noun of process from confirmatus, perfect passive participle of confirmo, from con- + firmo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confirmationnoun

    Etymology: from confirm.

    Embrace and love this man. ————
    ———— With brother’s love I do it. ——
    ———— And let heav’n
    Witness how dear I hold this confirmation! William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    A false report hath
    Honour’d with confirmation your great judgment. William Shakespeare.

    The sea-captains answered, that they would perform his command; and, in confirmation thereof, promised not to do any thing which beseemed not valiant men. Richard Knolles, History.

    Wanting frequent confirmation in a matter so confirmable, their affirmation carrieth but slow persuasion. Brown.

    The arguments brought by Christ for the confirmation of his doctrine, were in themselves sufficient. Robert South, Sermons.

    What is prepared for in catechising, is, in the next place, performed by confirmation; a most profitable usage of the church, transcribed from the practice of the apostles, which consists in two parts: the child’s undertaking, in his own name, every part of the baptismal vow, (having first approved himself to understand it); and to that purpose, that he may more solemnly enter this obligation, bringing some godfather with him, not now (as in baptism) as his procurator to undertake for him, but as a witness to testify his entering this obligation. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.


  1. Confirmation

    In Christian denominations that practice infant baptism, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant created in baptism. Those being confirmed are known as confirmands. For adults, it is an affirmation of belief. It involves laying on of hands. Catholicism views confirmation as a sacrament. The sacrament is called chrismation in the Eastern Christianity. In the East it is conferred immediately after baptism. In Western Christianity, confirmation is ordinarily administered when a child reaches the age of reason or early adolescence. When an adult is baptized, the sacrament is conferred immediately after baptism in the same ceremony. Among those Christians who practice teen-aged confirmation, the practice may be perceived, secondarily, as a "coming of age" rite.In many Protestant denominations, such as the Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed traditions, confirmation is a rite that often includes a profession of faith by an already baptized person. Confirmation is required by Lutherans, Anglicans and other traditional Protestant denominations for full membership in the respective church. In Catholic theology, by contrast, it is the sacrament of baptism that confers membership, while "reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace". The Catholic and Methodist denominations teach that in confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens a baptized individual for their faith journey.Confirmation is not practiced in Baptist, Anabaptist and other groups that teach believer's baptism. Thus, the sacrament or rite of confirmation is administered to those being received from those aforementioned groups, in addition to those converts from non-Christian religions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice infant baptism, but individuals can be baptized after they reach the "age of accountability". Confirmation in the LDS Church occurs shortly following baptism, which is not considered complete or fully efficacious until confirmation is received.There is an analogous ceremony also called confirmation in Reform Judaism.


  1. confirmation

    Confirmation is the process of verifying, validating, or establishing the truth, accuracy, or authenticity of something. It could refer to acknowledgement or acceptance of a fact, statement, view, or an event. It can be used in various contexts such as business, law, religion, or science.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confirmationnoun

    the act of confirming or strengthening; the act of establishing, ratifying, or sanctioning; as, the confirmation of an appointment

  2. Confirmationnoun

    that which confirms; that which gives new strength or assurance; as to a statement or belief; additional evidence; proof; convincing testimony

  3. Confirmationnoun

    a rite supplemental to baptism, by which a person is admitted, through the laying on of the hands of a bishop, to the full privileges of the church, as in the Roman Catholic, the Episcopal Church, etc

  4. Confirmationnoun

    a conveyance by which a voidable estate is made sure and not voidable, or by which a particular estate is increased; a contract, express or implied, by which a person makes that firm and binding which was before voidable

  5. Etymology: [F. confirmation, L. confirmatio.]


  1. Confirmation

    Confirmation is a rite of initiation in Christian churches, normally carried out through anointing, the laying on of hands, and prayer, for the purpose of bestowing the Gift of the Holy Spirit. There is an analogous ceremony also called Confirmation in the Jewish religion, which is not to be confused with Bar Mitzvah. The early Jewish Reformers instituted a ceremony where young Jews who are older than Bar Mitzvah age study both traditional and contemporary sources of Jewish philosophy in order to learn what it means to be Jewish. The age instituted was older than that of Bar Mitzvah because some of these topics were considered too complicated for thirteen-year-old minds to grasp. Nowadays, Confirmation has gained widespread adherence among congregations affiliated with the Reform movement, but has not gained as much traction in Conservative and Orthodox Jewish groups. The way Confirmation differs from Bar Mitzvah is that Confirmation is considered a more communal confirmation of one's being Jewish, and Bar Mitzvah is more of a personal confirmation of joining that covenant. In Christianity, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism. In some denominations, confirmation also bestows full membership in a local congregation upon the recipient. In others, such as the Roman Catholic Church, confirmation "renders the bond with the Church more perfect", because a baptized person is already a full member.

Editors Contribution

  1. confirmation

    The act and process of to confirm.

    The booking conformation was sent by text.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confirmation' in Nouns Frequency: #2724

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confirmation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confirmation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of confirmation in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    I look forward to Jamie McCourt confirmation and continuing to work with Jamie McCourt at the United Nations.

  2. Chris Coons:

    This should concern every senator and every American and frankly hangs over this confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh.

  3. Kelly Ayotte:

    I still believe this position is a lifetime appointment and one that will have a consequential impact on the country and the Supreme Court for decades to come. So I continue to believe that we should consider the people's view on this by waiting for the confirmation process to go forward after the elections in November.

  4. Akinwumi Adesina:

    All the farms have been quarantined and decontaminated. Other locations in Ikorodu, Ojo and Lagos Mainland have already been quarantined, while awaiting confirmation, nigeria will successfully control the bird flu outbreak. We have successfully controlled it in the past.

  5. Voltaire:

    When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

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