- 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
Related Wordsdisclosure, story, acknowledgment, revelation, admission, assertion, statement, proclamation, concession, squawk, publication, squeal, song, declaration, profession, enumeration, recitation, affirmation, relation, avowal
Examples from the Web for confessions
In Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.
None of this, however, is what makes Confessions so outrageous.
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
Your own confessions, Eudora, do not speak well for her instructions.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Name the particular creeds or confessions of the Lutheran Church?An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
If you plotted my disgrace by leading me into these confessions, you have found me easy prey.City of Endless Night
Rousseau's Confessions has precisely this defect—he read it to his friends.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Rousseau, in his "Confessions," reveals the sexual feelings of the masochist.The Sexual Question
- 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 confessions
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.