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From Old French, from Latin cōnfessiō (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith).

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confession (countable and uncountable, plural confessions)

  1. The open admittance of having done something (especially something bad).
    Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
    • Shakespeare
      With a crafty madness keeps aloof, / When we would bring him on to some confession / Of his true state.
  2. A formal document providing such an admission.
    He forced me to sign a confession!
  3. (Christianity) The disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.
    I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.
  4. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
    • Bible, Rom. x. 10
      With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  5. A formula 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.

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin cōnfessiō (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

confession f (plural confessions)

  1. confession (admittance of having done something, good, bad or neutral)
  2. confession (the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution)
  3. creed (a declaration of one's religious faith)

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Old French confession

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confession (plural confessions)

  1. confession

Old FrenchEdit

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From Latin

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confession f (oblique plural confessions, nominative singular confession, nominative plural confessions)

  1. confession (the disclosure of one's sins to a clergyman for absolution)