American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling confession.
- n. A small enclosed stall in which a priest hears confessions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a confession or creed.
- Of or pertaining to the act or practice of confessing to a priest. See sacramental confession, under confession.
- n. A small cabinet, stall, or box in a Roman Catholic church in which the priest sits to hear confessions. It usually has a door in front by which the priest enters, and a small window on one or both sides, through which the penitent speaks. Confessionals are often constructed in three divisions, the central one having a seat for the priest, and some are elaborately carved. Also called confession-chair, confessionary, and shriving-pew.
- n. Same as confession, 4.
- adj. In the manner or style of a confession.
- n. Roman Catholic church A small room where confession (the sacrament of reconciliation) is performed. Traditional architecture has used three adjacent rooms separated by gratings with sliding doors; the priest hearing the confessions sits in the middle room and alternately opens one of the doors to hear confession from the person kneeling on that side.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The recess, seat, or inclosed place, where a priest sits to hear confessions; often a small structure furnished with a seat for the priest and with a window or aperture so that the penitent who is outside may whisper into the priest's ear without being seen by him or heard by others.
- adj. Pertaining to a confession of faith.
- n. a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions
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“The secret confessional is the "can-fessional", which is a camera in the bathroom.”
“The ritual of the Catholic confessional is comforting and reassuring, releasing guilt, cleansing, but at the same time disciplining and policing.”
“Plus, the controversial O.J. Simpson book some call a confessional has found its way online.”
“This would be treason to the Master, and be hearkening to the teachings of man rather than of God! Yet how many are there from whose lips the phrase confessional fidelity (Bekenntnisstreue,) is heard far oftener than fidelity to God's word (Bibeltreue)!”
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“Fear of Flying (published in 1973), once put it: "It's often called confessional writing by male reviewers, but I think the word confessional in this instance is a put-down.”
“I think there are dangers inherent in confessional art (chief among them how we make other autonomous individuals into “subject matter” or how we sometimes lose the ability to experience our lives because we are narrating them almost simultaneously) but the anxiety that one will chose experiences or to stay in experiences because of our art — for some reason I don’t share that fear with you.”
“At 3: 06 on Monday morning, Weigel posted a 2,300-word confessional essay at the conservative website BigGovernment. com.”
“The confessional was the third highest rated episode this season.”
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