- the act of confirming.
- the state of being confirmed.
- something that confirms, as a corroborative statement or piece of evidence: His birth certificate served as confirmation of his citizenship.
- a rite administered to baptized persons, in some churches as a sacrament for confirming and strengthening the recipient in the Christian faith, in others as a rite without sacramental character by which the recipient is admitted to full communion with the church.
- a solemn ceremony among Reform and certain Conservative Jews that is held in the synagogue, usually on Shavuoth, to admit formally as adult members of the Jewish community Jewish boys and girls 14 to 16 years of age who have successfully completed a prescribed course of study in Judaism.
Origin of confirmation
Examples from the Web for confirmation
But confirmation of that time frame has also been hard to come by.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?
December 12, 2014
The news is being taken as confirmation that Kate is fully recovered from her pregnancy sickness.Why Prince George Won't Be Coming To NY and DC With Will And Kate
November 17, 2014
I would have been delighted to shock any confirmation hearing with explicit and shocking stories.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Murthy had his Senate confirmation hearings in February, but since then?Where the Hell Is the Surgeon General?
Roland S. Martin
October 9, 2014
I had decided not to receive my Confirmation, and had guilt dreams about it but, deep down, felt my decision was the right one.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
But what is to guide the child before its first confirmation?A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
For the cross, if you wish to define it, is the confirmation of victory.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
I could cite many instances in confirmation of what I here advance.
Instances are occurring every day in confirmation of what I here advance.
From Maltravers himself he heard the confirmation of the news.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- the act of confirming
- something that confirms; verification
- a rite in several Christian churches that confirms a baptized person in his or her faith and admits him or her to full participation in the church
- (in the philosophy of science) the relationship between an observation and the theory which it supposedly renders more probableCompare hypothetico-deductive
Word Origin and History for confirmation
c.1300, confyrmacyoun, the Church rite, from Old French confirmacion (13c.) "strengthening, confirmation; proof; ratification," from Latin confirmationem (nominative confirmatio) "a securing, establishing; an assurance, encouragement," noun of action from confirmare (see confirm). As a legal action, "verification, proof," from late 14c.; as "action of making sure," from late 15c.