- An admission of guilt, esp. formally in writing, as by a person charged with a crime.
- The confessing of sins to a priest in the sacrament of penance.
- A general acknowledgment of sin, or a form expressing this used in public worship.
When you go to church to see a priest and tell him about your sins, this is an example of a confession.
When you write out the details of a crime you committed for the police, this is an example of a confession.
When you share an embarrassing secret with a friend, this is an example of a confession.
Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
Other Word Forms
Origin of confession
- From Old French, from Latin cōnfessiō (“confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith”).