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From Latin, "I confess". See confess.


confiteor (plural confiteors)

  1. A form of Roman Catholic prayer in which public confession of sins is made.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “confiteor” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



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



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

  1. I confess, admit
    Confiteor Deo omnipotenti...
    I confess to almighty God...
  2. I acknowledge, agree
  3. (figuratively) I reveal, show.
  4. (Ecclesiastical Latin) I 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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