Origin of confession
Related formspre·con·fes·sion, noun
Examples from the Web for confessions
None of this, however, is what makes Confessions so outrageous.
In Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.
Testimony was what made the case, chiefly the confessions of the young men.
The testimony included that of two defendants, Salaam and Wise, who took the stand to repudiate their confessions.
Scholars are thus expected to be more than mere parrots of ancient creeds and confessions—but how much more is not clear.The Christian Reformed Church Still Won’t Stand Up For Science|Karl W. Giberson|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could not bring himself to the idea of confessions and disavowals.The Secret Places of the Heart|H. G. Wells
Some of the confessions were poured forth as from souls long surcharged with guilt.A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718|Wallace Notestein
His confessions, when they came at last, were very complete, too.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard|Joseph Conrad
My confessions have not relieved me; but they may account for some otherwise unaccountable phases of humour which I show.Wuthering Heights|Emily Bronte
In the seventh Book of his confessions he has acknowledged his indebtedness to the reading of Neoplatonic writings.History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)|Adolph Harnack
British Dictionary definitions for confessions
Derived Formsconfessionary, adjective
Culture definitions for confessions (1 of 2)
The title of two well-known autobiographies: that of Augustine from the fourth century, describing his early years and his conversion to Christianity, and that of the eighteenth-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Culture definitions for confessions (2 of 2)
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.