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confessional

[kuh n-fesh-uh-nl] /kənˈfɛʃ ə nl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or based on confession:
confessional release.
noun
2.
the place set apart for the hearing of confessions by a priest.
3.
French Furniture. a high, upholstered wing chair of the 18th century.
Origin of confessional
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin confessiōnāle, neuter of confessiōnālis (adj.); see confession, -al1; in def. 2, 3 < French < Medieval Latin
Related forms
pseudoconfessional, adjective
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Examples from the Web for confessional
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  • She still saw the dress of the penitent who was at the confessional near the entrance.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It was the priest who came out from the confessional of Saint Joseph and shut the door after him.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Well, perhaps I had better not ask, for this is no confessional, is it?

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • We'll screen off a corner for our Professor—sort of confessional business.

  • Shall I not hasten' to lay bare my heart before you—the priest of its confessional?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for confessional

confessional

/kənˈfɛʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, like, or suited to a confession
noun
2.
(Christianity, mainly RC Church) a small stall, usually enclosed and divided by a screen or curtain, where a priest hears confessions
3.
a book of penitential prayers
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Word Origin and History for confessional
n.

"place where a priest sits to hear confession," 1727, from French confessional, from Medieval Latin confessionale, noun use of neuter of confessionalis (adj.), from confiteri (see confess).

adj.

"pertaining to confession," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin confessionalis (see confessional (n.)).

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