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|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that confession is said by police to have been just the start.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Twelve thugs in uniform dunked his head in a toilet, trying to get him to sign a confession.
He was later sentenced to death on the strength of his confession.How Nigeria’s Stupidly Brutal Cops Botch the Hunt for Boko Haram|Nico Hines|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think, perhaps, I had better make a confession to everybody.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
July 10th, 1663, which made it a case of confession to withstand it.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)|John Howie
He had not thought it worth his while to purchase freedom by a confession, merely to drag out a miserable existence.The Red Lottery Ticket|Fortun Du Boisgobey
If you would save yourself, fall to confession: no mercy will be shewn else.The Gamester (1753)|Edward Moore
I made my confession, received the communion, and took the holy oil.My Ten Years' Imprisonment|Silvio Pellico
British Dictionary definitions for confession
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.
Culture definitions for confession
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.