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Definitions of confess

  1. make a clean breast of; "She confessed that she had taken the money" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. admit, make a clean breast of; "She confessed that she had taken the money" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To admit or acknowledge; avow; grant; profess; hear a confession from; said of a priest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Disclose the state of one's conscience to a priest; of a priest, to hear a confession; to make an acknowledgment; with to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To acknowledge fully, especially something wrong: to own or admit: to make known, as sins to a priest: to hear a confession, as a priest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To make confession. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To acknowledge; to own; to make known; to hear a confession. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To acknowledge; own; admit, as a fault or error. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To avow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To disclose; reveal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To make acknowledgment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. To acknowledge or own a crime; to acknowledge sins; to hear the confession of; to admit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To make confession; to disclose faults. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To admit or own; to acknowledge, as a crime or fault; to disclose or avow; to admit or assent to as true; to hear the confession of another, as a Roman Catholic priest does. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun. dictgcide_fs
  26. To hear or receive such confession; said of a priest. dictgcide_fs
  27. kon-fes', v.t. to acknowledge fully, esp. something wrong: to own or admit: to make known, as sins to a priest: to hear a confession, as a priest.--v.i. to make confession.--ns. CONFES'SION, acknowledgment of a crime or fault: avowal; a statement of one's religious belief: acknowledgment of sin to a priest; CONFES'SIONAL, the seat or enclosed recess where a priest hears confessions.--adj. pertaining to confession.--ns. CONFES'SIONALISM; CONFES'SIONALIST.--adj. CONFES'SIONARY, of or belonging to confession.--n. a confessional.--ns. CONFESS'OR, one who professes the Christian faith, or a priest who hears confessions and grants absolution: one who endures persecution but not death:--fem. CONFESS'ORESS; CONFESS'ORSHIP.--adjs. CONFESSED', CONFEST', admitted: avowed: evident.--advs. CONFESS'EDLY, CONFEST'LY.--CONFESSION OF FAITH, a formulary embodying the religious beliefs of a church or sect: a creed.--CONFESS TO, to admit, acknowledge; STAND CONFESSED, to be revealed. [Fr. confesser--L. confit[=e]ri, confessus--con, sig. completeness, and fat[=e]ri--f[=a]ri, to speak.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  28. Acknowledge, as I c. my fault, that I did it, to doing it, to having done it, to a dread of spiders; formally declare one\'s sins, esp. to a priest, whence confessant n.; (of priest) hear confession. Hence confessedly adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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