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[kuh n-fit-ee-awr]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a prayer in the form of a general confession said at the beginning of the Mass and on certain other occasions.
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Origin of Confiteor

1150–1200; Middle English; after first word of Latin prayer: I confess
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Examples from the Web for confiteor

Historical Examples of confiteor

  • Having offered to act as server, Pierre repeated the "Confiteor."

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • And Ulenspiegel, beating upon his breast, said: “Confiteor.”

  • He knelt down and asked my husband if he could say the "confiteor."

  • Sylvia was silent, and the priest finished the Confiteor, which she repeated after him.

    Sylvia & Michael

    Compton Mackenzie

  • He counted eight minutes by the hour-glass, sank on his knees, folded his hands, and recited the Confiteor.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

British Dictionary definitions for confiteor


  1. RC Church a prayer consisting of a general confession of sinfulness and an entreaty for forgiveness
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Word Origin for Confiteor

C13: from Latin: I confess; from the beginning of the Latin prayer of confession
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