confessor

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English confessor, confessour, from Anglo-Norman confessour, and its source, Latin cōnfessor, from cōnfiteor (confess, admit, acknowledge).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

confessor (plural confessors, feminine confessoress)

  1. One who confesses faith in Christianity in the face of persecution, but who is not martyred.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 174:
      Confessors provided the troubled Church with an alternative sort of authority based on their sufferings, particularly when arguments began about how and how much to forgive those Christians who had given way to imperial orders – the so-called ‘lapsed’.
  2. One who confesses to having done something wrong.
  3. (Roman Catholicism) A priest who hears confession and then gives absolution

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Beccari, C. (1908) The Catholic Encyclopedia[1], New York: Robert Appleton Company, Confessor


LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cōnfessor m (genitive cōnfessōris); third declension

  1. confessor of the Christian faith
  2. martyr

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cōnfessor cōnfessōrēs
Genitive cōnfessōris cōnfessōrum
Dative cōnfessōrī cōnfessōribus
Accusative cōnfessōrem cōnfessōrēs
Ablative cōnfessōre cōnfessōribus
Vocative cōnfessor cōnfessōrēs

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin confessor.

NounEdit

confessor m (plural confessores, feminine confessora, feminine plural confessoras)

  1. (religion) confessor (one who confesses faith in a religion, especially Christianity)
  2. (Roman Catholicism) confessor (priest who hears confession)

SpanishEdit

NounEdit

confessor m (plural confessores)

  1. Obsolete spelling of confesor