- acknowledgment; avowal; admission: a confession of incompetence.
- acknowledgment or disclosure of sin or sinfulness, especially to a priest to obtain absolution.
- something that is confessed.
- a formal, usually written, acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime.
- Also called confession of faith. a formal profession of belief and acceptance of doctrines, as before being admitted to church membership.
- the tomb of a martyr or confessor or the altar or shrine connected with it.
Origin of confession
Examples from the Web for confession
Outside of Iran, Rigi's “confession” seemed like another in the long tradition of statements extracted from prisoners there.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
In the course of his confession, he supplied details that should only have been known to the killer.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
And that confession is said by police to have been just the start.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
Twelve thugs in uniform dunked his head in a toilet, trying to get him to sign a confession.Gay Palestinians In Israel: The 'Invisible Men'
August 13, 2014
A handful of Christians have even joined the Israeli military, although Arabs of any confession are exempt from military service.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders
July 7, 2014
After all, Silence is only man's confession of his deafness.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
"There is little merit in this confession," quoth the bailiff sternly.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But the District Attorney was not inclined to credit the confession.
Joe Garson had shouted his confession without a second of reflection.
There was no lack of confession in her eyes; they showed him a new heaven and a new earth.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- the act of confessing
- something confessed
- an acknowledgment or declaration, esp of one's faults, misdeeds, or crimes
- Christianity, mainly RC Church the act of a penitent accusing himself or herself of his or her sins
- confession of faith a formal public avowal of religious beliefs
- a religious denomination or sect united by a common system of beliefs
Word Origin and History for confession
late 14c., "action of confessing," originally in religion, from Old French confession (10c.), from Latin confessionem (nominative confessio) "confession, acknowledgement," noun of action from past participle stem of confiteri (see confess). In law, from 1570s. Meaning "that which is confessed" is mid-15c. An Old English word for it was andettung, also scriftspræc.
In some churches, notably the Roman Catholic Church, a sacrament in which repentant sinners individually or as a group privately confess their sins in front of a priest and receive absolution from the guilt of their sins.
In the first few centuries of Christianity, repentant sinners were assigned public penances: sinners had to stay outside the entrance of the church and ask the people going inside to pray for them. The period of public penance could be shortened through an indulgence.