[self-kuh n-fest, self-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-confessed

stated, affirmed, self-confessed

Examples from the Web for self-confessed

Contemporary Examples of self-confessed

Historical Examples of self-confessed

  • Self-confessed it was here, then, at last the Garden of Sleep!

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • For "born dare-devils," self-confessed, they were a nervous and apprehensive pair.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The inefficiency of Congress and its want of moral influence were self-confessed.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • He had been remiss to the self-confessed daughter of his enemy.

  • O you crawling, truckling, self-confessed lackeys and parasites!

    The Book of Snobs

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for self-confessed



according to one's own testimony or admissiona self-confessed liar
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