American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who confesses.
- n. One who confesses faith in Christianity in the face of persecution but does not suffer martyrdom.
- n. A priest who hears confession and gives absolution.
- n. A priest who is one's spiritual mentor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who confesses; one who acknowledges a crime, a fault, or an obligation.
- n. One who makes a profession of his faith in the Christian religion; specifically, one who avows his religion in the face of danger, and adheres to it in spite of persecution and torture. It was formerly used as synonymous with martyr; afterward it was applied to those who, having been persecuted and tormented, were permitted to die in peace; and it was used also for such Christians as lived a good life and died with the reputation of sanctity: as, Edward the Confessor.
- n. One who hears confessions; specifically, a priest who hears confession and grants absolution; distinctively, as a title of office, a priest employed as a private spiritual director, as of a king or other great personage. Formerly, at European courts, the office of confessor was a very important one. giving its incumbent great privileges and influence, and often great power politically.
- n. One who confesses faith in Christianity in the face of persecution, but who is not martyred.
- n. One who confesses to having done something wrong.
- n. Roman Catholicism A priest who hears confession and then gives absolution
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who confesses; one who acknowledges a fault, or the truth of a charge, at the risk of suffering; specifically, one who confesses himself a follower of Christ and endures persecution for his faith.
- n. A priest who hears the confessions of others and is authorized to grant them absolution.
- n. someone who confesses (discloses information damaging to themselves)
- n. a priest who hears confession and gives absolution
- From Anglo-Norman confessour, and its source, Latin confessor, from cōnfitērī, present active infinitive of cōnfiteor ("confess, admit, acknowledge"). (Wiktionary)
“Rightly is he called the confessor of God, who continually preached the name of Christ, and who by his words, his examples, and his miracles excited peoples, tribes, and tongues unto the confession of his name, of human sin, and of divine promise!”
“Moreover, he performed the offices of his holy ministry, and was commonly called the confessor of foreigners.”
“The word confessor is derived from the Latin confiteri, to confess, to profess, but it is not found in writers of the classical period, having been first used by the Christians.”
“British writer Andrew Morton, best known as the confessor of the late Princess Diana, is taking on Angelina Jolie in his next unauthorized biography.”
““A cast of their office, and a cast of mine,” answered the bailie; “a cord and a confessor, that is all thou wilt have from us.””
“-- 'Sire, my confessor was my friend; it would be very painful to me.”
“As his malady increased, he would call a confessor, and, pouring into the father's credulous ear a tale of woes, sorrows, superstition and humbug, he would make the convent a donation of _all his estates in South America_, and pray for a remission of his sins!”
“It becomes utterly impossible, in the church of Rome, that the husband should be _one_ with his wife, and that the wife should be _one_ with her husband: a "monstrous being" has been put between them both, called the confessor!”
“The confessor is the master, the ruler, the king of the soul; the husband, as the grave-yard keeper, must be satisfied with the carcase!”
“The confessor is the worm which is biting, polluting, and destroying the very roots of civil and religious society, by contaminating, debasing, and enslaving woman.”
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