verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of confess
Examples from the Web for confess
And, again, I now confess, I had an occasional Bourbon and stoogie on the cuff.
I will now confess that I spent some time in the lobby of the Willard Hotel myself.
Spitz “persuaded Schwend that his best chance would be to confess his activities with the RSHA and to cooperate with us.”
During their incarceration, they were humiliated and forced to confess on national television.Iran Court Sentences ‘Happy’ Dancers to 6 months and 91 Lashes|IranWire|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I confess a particular weakness for his chocolate biscuits and pork pate with onion marmalade.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I confess I was almost startled on seeing them with a number of brilliant looking snakes.On the Banks of the Amazon|W.H.G. Kingston
At morning this was very pleasant; at evening, I confess I was generally too tired with the excitements of the day to think it so.Summer on the Lakes, in 1843|S.M. Fuller
After a third attempt I desisted, not a little hurt, I confess, but not in the least inclined to quarrel with him.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
Bring him away, Jug: yet the villain would not confess a word, till it was found about him.A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 12 (of 15)|Robert Dodsley
That may be but little, I confess, for I tell you our ignorance is great.The Missing Ship|W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for confess
verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for confess
Word Origin and History for confess
late 14c., from Old French confesser (transitive and intransitive), from Vulgar Latin *confessare, from Latin confess-, past participle stem of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" (see com-) + fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. Old French confesser thus had a figurative sense of "to harm, hurt, make suffer." Related: Confessed; confessing. An Old English word for it was andettan.