Since that day, I confess, there are always struggles but I choose to seem not as obstacles but as challenges.
I confess that I first opened this stocky book with a skeptical mind.
I confess I only made it to Da Emma for a late night cappucino, just long enough for a visit with the robust mama in the kitchen.
Whether or not he actually did confess unprompted remains in doubt.
But I confess that the new Oregon results surprised even me.
It is with pride I confess myself of this party: perish art!
I confess the consequence is visible, were your suspicions just.
Do you, then, confess that I was not mistaken when I guessed that you were a charming woman?
I confess I did myself some violence at first, but now I think I have conquered it.
I confess I was too agitated to catch every word that was spoken.
late 14c., from Old French confesser (transitive and intransitive), from Vulgar Latin *confessare, from Latin confess-, past participle stem of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" (see com-) + fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. Old French confesser thus had a figurative sense of "to harm, hurt, make suffer." Related: Confessed; confessing. An Old English word for it was andettan.