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[self-kuh n-fest, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈfɛst, ˌsɛlf-/
openly admitting to being a type of person with a particular quality, habit, character, etc.:
He's a self-confessed gambler.
Origin of self-confessed
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • self-confessed it was here, then, at last the Garden of Sleep!

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • For "born dare-devils," self-confessed, they were a nervous and apprehensive pair.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The inefficiency of Congress and its want of moral influence were self-confessed.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • He had been remiss to the self-confessed daughter of his enemy.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • O you crawling, truckling, self-confessed lackeys and parasites!

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I refer to the fellow Kelly, Mr. Smith's self-confessed assailant.

  • self-confessed it was here, then, at last, the Garden of Sleep!

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • Now was he self-confessed as a principal in one of the shadiest of them all.

    Hard Pressed Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for self-confessed


according to one's own testimony or admission: a self-confessed liar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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