confession

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From Old French, from Latin cōnfessiō (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith).

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confession (plural confessions)

  1. The open admittance of having done something (especially of something bad).
    Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
    • Shakespeare
      With a crafty madness keeps aloof, / When we would bring him on to some confession / Of his true state.
  2. (Roman Catholicism) the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. Now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.
    I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.
  3. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
    • Bible, Rom. x. 10
      With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  4. A formula in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cōnfessiō (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith).

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confession f (plural confessions)

  1. confession (admittance of having done something, good, bad or neutral)
  2. confession (the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution)
  3. creed (a declaration of one's religious faith)

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Middle English[edit]

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Old French confession

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confession (plural confessions)

  1. confession

Old French[edit]

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From Latin

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confession f (oblique plural confessions, nominative singular confession, nominative plural confessions)

  1. confession (the disclosure of one's sins to a clergyman for absolution)