Origin of confessor
Examples from the Web for confessor
A confessor was sent for, and he bequeathed his kingdom to his son Henry.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
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Meanwhile, the confessor had gained the palace of the Duke d' Uzeda.
But for myself and the king's confessor, Philip would consent to thy ruin.
In doing this she felt a peculiar inclination for her confessor.The Sexual Question
In his view, God and the church are a sort of concrete centred in the confessor.Roman Catholicism in Spain
- Christianity, mainly RC Church a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
- history a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
- a person who makes a confession
Word Origin and History for confessor
late Old English, "one who avows his religion," especially in the face of danger, but does not suffer martyrdom, from Latin confessor, agent noun from confiteri (see confess). Meaning "one who hears confessions" is from mid-14c.; this properly would be Latin confessarius, but Latin confessor was being used in this sense from the 9th century.
Edward the Confessor (c.1003-1066, canonized 1161), last Anglo-Saxon king, was pious enough but does not seem to fit his title; perhaps so called to distinguish him from another Anglo-Saxon saint/king, Edward the Martyr, who does fit his.