[ self-kuhn-fest, self- ]
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  1. openly admitting to being a type of person with a particular quality, habit, character, etc.: He's a self-confessed gambler.

Origin of self-confessed

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby self-confessed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-confessed in a sentence

  • The self-confessed killer of Peruvian college student Stephany Flores was convicted of aggravated homicide and petty theft.

  • Series lead James Roday, a self-confessed “ Twin Peaks geek,” penned the episode with Bill Callahan.

    Twin Peaks' Strange Reunion | Jace Lacob | November 30, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • I don't understand you, Matt, saying your father's part is more odious than a self-confessed defaulter's.

    The Quality of Mercy | W. D. Howells
  • "I don't mean rebels precisely, at least not self-confessed rebels," replied Belfort.

    In Hostile Red | Joseph Altsheler
  • To lay all his faults on the table, we may begin with his self-confessed limitation, that "he never went down town."

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • Yet under the burning appeal of her eyes they flushed as though they had been self-confessed malingerers.

    A Pagan of the Hills | Charles Neville Buck
  • And now he stood before her for the second time a self-confessed thief.

    The White Moll | Frank L. Packard

British Dictionary definitions for self-confessed


  1. according to one's own testimony or admission: a self-confessed liar

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