- 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.
confess definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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 plush 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
confess definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb con·fessed, con·fess·ing, con·fess·es verb, transitive
- To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess.
- 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.
- a. To disclose one's sins to a priest.b. To listen to a confession.
Origin: 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.
- con·fessˈa·ble adjective
- con·fessˈed·ly adverb
confess - Phrases/Idioms
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