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[kuh n-fit-ee-awr] /kənˈfɪt iˌɔr/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a prayer in the form of a general confession said at the beginning of the Mass and on certain other occasions.
Origin of Confiteor
1150-1200; Middle English; after first word of Latin prayer: I confess Unabridged
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  • Ulenspiegel did so, ever repeating: “Mea culpa, Confiteor, take away my hump.”

  • Confiteor unum baptisma, a closely knit fugue on two subjects, is in five parts with an independent organ bass.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Sylvia was silent, and the priest finished the Confiteor, which she repeated after him.

    Sylvia & Michael Compton Mackenzie
  • Those that are near hear the tones of some one chanting the Confiteor beside the pontiff.

  • The Confiteor was succeeded by the whispered confession, in such low tones that scarcely anything reached the disappointed spies.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • The sacristan placed the temporary altar beside the foot of the bed, arrayed it, and recited the Confiteor.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • He scarcely extends his arms at the Gospel, or strikes his breast at the Confiteor.

  • Then Cardinal Gregory came forward, and all knelt and beat their breasts, repeating the Confiteor.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Having offered to act as server, Pierre repeated the "Confiteor."

  • He said a Confiteor tibi Domine, rolling the words on his tongue as if in anticipation of the solider mouthfuls awaiting him.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for Confiteor


(RC Church) a prayer consisting of a general confession of sinfulness and an entreaty for forgiveness
Word Origin
C13: from Latin: I confess; from the beginning of the Latin prayer of confession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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