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Origin of confessor
Examples from the Web for confessor
How far this process had gone in the days of the Confessor is a question to which we shall return.Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
The clamor prevented the king talking with the confessor, who read his prayer-book.The Countess of Charny|Alexandre Dumas (pere)
She humbled herself before the church, whose voice she believed she heard through the lips of her confessor.Roman Catholicism in Spain|Anonymous
He had very suave and winning ways as confessor, though he enjoined great strictness as preacher.Classic French Course in English|William Cleaver Wilkinson
Next to these sat the clerks of the chapel, with the King's confessor at their head.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
late Old English, "one who avows his religion," especially in the face of danger, but does not suffer martyrdom, from Latin confessor, agent noun from confiteri (see confess). Meaning "one who hears confessions" is from mid-14c.; this properly would be Latin confessarius, but Latin confessor was being used in this sense from the 9th century.
Edward the Confessor (c.1003-1066, canonized 1161), last Anglo-Saxon king, was pious enough but does not seem to fit his title; perhaps so called to distinguish him from another Anglo-Saxon saint/king, Edward the Martyr, who does fit his.