- The definition of confess is to admit wrongdoings or to make something known.
- An example of to confess is to tell sins to a priest.
- An example of to confess is for a person to state that he is a Christian.
- to admit (a fault or crime)
- to acknowledge (an opinion or view)
- to declare one's faith in
- Old Poet. to be evidence of; reveal; manifest
- to tell (one's sins) to God, esp. in public worship service or in private
- to hear the confession of (a person): said of a priest
Origin of confessMiddle English confessen ; from Old French confesser ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin an unverified form confessare ; from Classical Latin confessus, past participle of confiteri, to acknowledge, confess ; from com-, together + fateri, to acknowledge; akin to fari, to speak: see fame
- to admit a fault or crime; acknowledge one's guilt
- to take part in public confession or make one's confession to a priest
- to hear confessions: said of a priest
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verbcon·fessed, con·fess·ing, con·fess·es
- To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess: confess one's religion.
- a. To make known (one's sins) to God or to a priest.b. To hear the confession of (a penitent).
- To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: The suspect confessed to the crime.
- To disclose one's sins to a priest.
Origin of confessMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present confesses, present participle confessing, simple past and past participle confessed)
- To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed.
- People confess to anything under torture.
- I never gave it him. Send for him hither, / And let him confess a truth.
- And there confess / Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.
- I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect that none of them have mentioned.
- To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
- (religion) To unburden (oneself) of sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution.
- (religion) To hear or receive such a confession of sins from.
- To disclose or reveal.
- Alexander Pope
- Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mould.
- Alexander Pope
From Middle English confessen, from Anglo-Norman confesser, from Old French confesser, from Medieval Latin confessō (“I confess”), a derivative of Latin confessus (Old French confés), past participle of cōnfiteor (“I confess, I admit”) from con- + fateor (“I admit”). Displaced Middle English andetten (“to confess, admit”) (from Old English andettan).