from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- transitive v. To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess.
- transitive v. To make known (one's sins) to God or to a priest.
- transitive v. To hear the confession of (a penitent).
- intransitive v. To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: The suspect confessed to the crime.
- intransitive v. To disclose one's sins to a priest.
- intransitive v. To listen to a confession.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed
- v. To disclose or reveal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt.
- transitive v. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
- transitive v. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
- transitive v. To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest.
- transitive v. To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest.
- intransitive v. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience.
- intransitive v. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make avowal or admission of, as of a fault, a crime, a charge, a debt, or something that is against one's interest or reputation; own; acknowledge; avow.
- Reflexively, to make an admission or an inculpatory statement concerning; acknowledge to be; specifically, acknowledge the sins or moral faults of, as in auricular confession to a priest: as, I confess myself in error or at fault.
- Eccles., to receive the confession of; act as a confessor to.
- To acknowledge as having a certain character or certain claims; recognize; own; avow; declare belief in.
- To grant; admit; concede.
- To reveal by circumstances; show by effect; disclose; prove; attest.
- Synonyms Admit, Avow, etc. See acknowledge.
- To make confession or avowal; disclose or admit a crime, fault, debt, etc.
- Eccles., to make known one's sins or the state of one's conscience to a priest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
- v. confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
- v. admit (to a wrongdoing)
Middle English confessen, from Old French confesser, from Vulgar Latin *cōnfessāre, from Latin cōnfitērī, cōnfess- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + fatērī, to admit; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English confessen, from Anglo-Norman confesser, from Old French confesser, from Medieval Latin confessāre, a derivative of Middle English confessus (Old French confes), past participle of confitērī "to confess, admit" from con- + fatērī ("to admit"). Displaced Middle English andetten "to confess, admit" (from Old English andettan). (Wiktionary)