- 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
stand confessed as
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).