What does confirmation mean?

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ˌkɒn fərˈmeɪ ʃəncon·fir·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confirmation, verification, check, substantiation(noun)

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

    "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

  2. confirmation(noun)

    information that confirms or verifies

  3. ratification, confirmation(noun)

    making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it

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

  4. confirmation(noun)

    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. confirmation(noun)

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


  1. confirmation(Noun)

    An official indicator that things will happen as planned

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

  2. confirmation(Noun)

    Verification that something has happened

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

  3. confirmation(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confirmation(noun)

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

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

  2. Confirmation(noun)

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

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

  3. Confirmation(noun)

    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

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

  4. Confirmation(noun)

    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

    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. Jerome Mouton:

    Someone arriving with a syringe in their hand might be taken as confirmation of all the rumors going around. It's going to be very complicated.

  2. Cor Radings:

    We have been in contact with the crew in the last few hours and have received confirmation that they are safe and in a relatively good condition.

  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. Jen Psaki:

    In coordination with the AURTF (African Union forces), U.S. military forces took custody of an individual claiming to be a defector from the LRA. That individual later identified himself as Ongwen, efforts to establish full and positive identification continue, so I don't have confirmation of that at this point.

  5. Eric Wiegand:

    We're still anxious to get confirmation of growth and stability.

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