confession

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English confessioun, from Old French confession, from Latin cōnfessiō, cōnfessiōnem (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith). Doublet of confessio.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kənˈfɛʃən/
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Noun[edit]

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confession (countable and uncountable, plural confessions)

  1. The open admittance of having done something (especially something bad).
    Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
  2. A formal document providing such an admission.
    He forced me to sign a confession!
  3. (Christianity) The disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.
    I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.
  4. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
  5. 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 Old French confession, from Latin cōnfessiō, cōnfessiōnem (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith).

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Noun[edit]

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)

Descendants[edit]

  • German: Konfession
  • Romanian: confesiune

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

confession (plural confessions)

  1. alternative form of confessioun

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin cōnfessiō, cōnfessiōnem.

Noun[edit]

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

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

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