- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or based on confession: confessional release.
- 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
Examples from the Web for confessional
It gets a lot of page views, but it contributes to the idea that all personal writing has to be confessional.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
I obtained court records, and a long, confessional interview he did with Dan Rather that CNN never aired.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
But honest scholars must “follow the evidence where it leads,” and sometimes this path departs from the confessional highway.The Christian Reformed Church Still Won’t Stand Up For Science
Karl W. Giberson
June 29, 2014
But this confessional really took a turn for the awesome when Jonas started talking about his love life.How Likable Is Alec Baldwin After His ‘New York Magazine’ Confessional?
February 26, 2014
This reticence—this reserve—suits Beck's voice and personality much better than the confessional self-consciousness of Sea Change.The Last Great Singer-Songwriter Album
February 21, 2014
She still saw the dress of the penitent who was at the confessional near the entrance.
It was the priest who came out from the confessional of Saint Joseph and shut the door after him.
Well, perhaps I had better not ask, for this is no confessional, is it?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
We'll screen off a corner for our Professor—sort of confessional business.The Incomplete Amorist
Shall I not hasten' to lay bare my heart before you—the priest of its confessional?Wilfrid Cumbermede
- of, like, or suited to a confession
- 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
Word Origin and History for confessional
"place where a priest sits to hear confession," 1727, from French confessional, from Medieval Latin confessionale, noun use of neuter of confessionalis (adj.), from confiteri (see confess).
"pertaining to confession," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin confessionalis (see confessional (n.)).