American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- v. To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess.
- v. To make known (one's sins) to God or to a priest.
- v. To hear the confession of (a penitent).
- v. To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: The suspect confessed to the crime.
- v. To disclose one's sins to a priest.
- v. To listen to a confession.
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.
- v. To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed
- v. To disclose or reveal
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
- v. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
- v. To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
- v. To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest.
- v. To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest.
- v. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience.
- v. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
“One of my character traits, I must confess, is believing in extraordinary expectations ....”
“God also forgives those who earnestly seek him and truly confess from the heart concerning their sin.”
“Aside from my weak lapse into theistic belief (which I confess is irrational and illogical), what have I written so far that would you disagree with, and why?”
“Me: Aside from my weak lapse into theistic belief (which I confess is irrational and illogical), what have I written so far that would you disagree with, and why? hrun: The part about that 'logical atheists' would have no basis on which to base their opposition to slavery.”
“Nobu whispers to Chiharu that waiting for Otani to take the initiative to confess is like fishing in a swimming pool.”
“Of course my interest in comparative religions and theosophies might convince some folks I'm a few bricks short of the wall … all I will confess is that strange things tend to happen, all I hope to do when I sit down is catch some of the strangeness and share it.”
“You are right though that Brown does get a high competence rating for the economy which I confess is a worry.”
“I confess is not an entirely resolved disquiet but there it is.”
“But the outcome obtained when both confess is worse for each than the outcome they would have obtained had both remained silent.”
“Part of my surprise at my own reaction, I confess, is that I was never a Mariah fan before.”
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