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From Latin cōnfiteor (I confess), the first word of the prayer and used as its title in Ecclesiastical Latin. Doublet of confess.


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: kən-fĭʹ-tē-ôr or kŏn-, -fē-, IPA(key): /kənˈfɪtiɔː/, /kɒn-/, /-fiː-/
  • Hyphenation: con‧fi‧te‧or, con‧fi‧teor


confiteor (plural confiteors)

  1. (Christianity, chiefly Roman Catholicism) A prayer, typically beginning “I confess to Almighty God…” in English, in which public confession of sins is made.
    • 1967, The Saturday Evening Post[1], volume 240, page 80:
      “Pugh!” she said. “You are disgusting! Go into the chapel now and say a confiteor each for your sin.”



From con- +‎ fateor (acknowledge, own (up to)).



cōnfiteor (present infinitive cōnfitērī or cōnfitērier, perfect active cōnfessus sum); second conjugation, deponent

  1. to confess, admit
    Synonym: profiteor
    Confiteor Deo omnipotenti...
    I confess to almighty God...
  2. to acknowledge, agree
  3. (figuratively) to reveal, show
  4. (Ecclesiastical Latin) to praise, give thanks
    Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus, quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius.
    Give praise to Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.


   Conjugation of cōnfiteor (second conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present cōnfiteor cōnfitēris,
cōnfitētur cōnfitēmur cōnfitēminī cōnfitentur
imperfect cōnfitēbar cōnfitēbāris,
cōnfitēbātur cōnfitēbāmur cōnfitēbāminī cōnfitēbantur
future cōnfitēbor cōnfitēberis,
cōnfitēbitur cōnfitēbimur cōnfitēbiminī cōnfitēbuntur
perfect cōnfessus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect cōnfessus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect cōnfessus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present cōnfitear cōnfiteāris,
cōnfiteātur cōnfiteāmur cōnfiteāminī cōnfiteantur
imperfect cōnfitērer cōnfitērēris,
cōnfitērētur cōnfitērēmur cōnfitērēminī cōnfitērentur
perfect cōnfessus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect cōnfessus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present cōnfitēre cōnfitēminī
future cōnfitētor cōnfitētor cōnfitentor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives cōnfitērī,
cōnfessum esse cōnfessūrum esse
participles cōnfitēns cōnfessus cōnfessūrus cōnfitendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
cōnfitendī cōnfitendō cōnfitendum cōnfitendō cōnfessum cōnfessū

1The present passive infinitive in -ier is a rare poetic form which is attested.

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  • confiteor”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • confiteor”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • confiteor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette