Confess meaning

kən-fĕs'
To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit.
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To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself.

The suspect confessed to the crime.

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To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
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​ To disclose or reveal.
  • Alexander Pope.
    Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mould.
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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.

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​ To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed.
  • Shakespeare.
    I never gave it him. Send for him hither, / And let him confess a truth.
  • Milton.
    And there confess / Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.
  • Addison.
    I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect that none of them have mentioned.

People confess to anything under torture.

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To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess.

Confess one's religion.

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To disclose one's sins to a priest.
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To declare one's faith in.
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To be evidence of; reveal; manifest.
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To admit a fault or crime; acknowledge one's guilt.
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(religion) To unburden (oneself) of sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution.
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(religion) To hear or receive such a confession of sins from.
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confess to
  • To admit or admit having; acknowledge.
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stand confessed as
  • To be revealed or admitted as.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

confess to
stand confessed as

Origin of confess

  • Middle English confessen from Old French confesser from Vulgar Latin cōnfessāre from Latin cōnfitērī cōnfess- com- intensive pref. com– fatērī to admit bhā-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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).
    From Wiktionary