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Etymology 1[edit]

confession +‎ -al


confessional (not comparable)

  1. In the manner or style of a confession.
  2. Officially practicing a particular religion, as a state or organization. See confessionalism 1.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French confessionnal.


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confessional (plural confessionals)

  1. (Roman Catholic church) A small room where confession—the sacrament of reconciliation—is performed by a priest.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 13, Crime out of Mind[1]:
      In one of the aisles there was an elaborately carved confessional box and I recognised the village priest in his heavy mountain boots and black cassock as he entered it and drew the dark velvet curtains behind him.
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