[ kuhn-fit-ee-awr ]

nounRoman Catholic Church.
  1. a prayer in the form of a general confession said at the beginning of the Mass and on certain other occasions.

Origin of Confiteor

1150–1200; Middle English; after first word of Latin prayer: I confess

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How to use Confiteor in a sentence

  • Then Cardinal Gregory came forward, and all knelt and beat their breasts, repeating the Confiteor.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • The sacristan placed the temporary altar beside the foot of the bed, arrayed it, and recited the Confiteor.

    Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • He said a Confiteor tibi Domine, rolling the words on his tongue as if in anticipation of the solider mouthfuls awaiting him.

    The Path of the King | John Buchan
  • Ulenspiegel did so, ever repeating: “Mea culpa, Confiteor, take away my hump.”

  • Scarcely has he stretched out his arms at the gospel, before he is striking his breast at the Confiteor.

    Devil Stories | Various

British Dictionary definitions for Confiteor


/ (kənˈfɪtɪˌɔː) /

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

Origin of Confiteor

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

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