confessor

or con·fess·er

[ kuh n-fes-er ]
/ kənˈfɛs ər /

noun

a person who confesses.
a priest authorized to hear confessions.
a person who confesses faith in and adheres to the Christian religion, especially in spite of persecution and torture but without suffering martyrdom.
the Confessor. Edward the Confessor.

Origin of confessor

before 1000; Middle English, Old English (in pl: confessores) < Late Latin; see confess, -tor
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confessor

/ (kənˈfɛsə) /

noun

Christianity, mainly RC Church a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
history a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
a person who makes a confession
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