confessional

[ kuh n-fesh-uh-nl ]
/ kənˈfɛʃ ə nl /

adjective

of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or based on confession: confessional release.

noun

the place set apart for the hearing of confessions by a priest.
French Furniture. a high, upholstered wing chair of the 18th century.

Origin of confessional

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin confessiōnāle, neuter of confessiōnālis (adj.); see confession, -al1; in def. 2, 3 < French < Medieval Latin

Related forms

pseu·do·con·fes·sion·al, adjective
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confessional

/ (kənˈfɛʃənəl) /

adjective

of, like, or suited to a confession

noun

Christianity, mainly RC Church a small stall, usually enclosed and divided by a screen or curtain, where a priest hears confessions
a book of penitential prayers
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