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confession definition

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This page has 11 definitions of confession with English translations in 4 languages. Confession is a noun. Examples of how to use confession in a sentence are shown. Also define these 14 related words and terms: admittance, formal, document, admission, Christianity, disclosure, sin, priest, absolution, Roman Catholic Church, sacrament of reconciliation, confession, creed, and confessioun.

English confession definition

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Etymology

From Middle English confessioun, from Old French confession, from Latin cōnfessiō, cōnfessiōnem (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith). Doublet of confessio.

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Noun

confession (countable and uncountable, plural confessions)

  1. The open admittance of having done something (especially something bad).
    Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
  2. A formal document providing such an admission.
    He forced me to sign a confession!
    • Document definition
      An original or official paper used as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support. (1 of 5 document definitions)
  3. (Christianity) The disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.
    I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.
  4. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
  5. A formula in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.

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French confession definition

Etymology

From Old French confession, from Latin cōnfessiō, cōnfessiōnem (confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith).

Pronunciation

Noun

confession f (plural confessions)

  1. confession (admittance of having done something, good, bad or neutral)
  2. confession (the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution)
  3. creed (a declaration of one's religious faith)

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Middle English confession definition

Noun

confession (plural confessions)

  1. alternative form of confessioun
    • Confessioun definition
      confession

Occitan confession definition

Etymology

From Latin cōnfessiō.

Noun

confession f (plural confessions)

  1. confession

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Old French confession definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin cōnfessiō, cōnfessiōnem.

Noun

confession f (oblique plural confessions, nominative singular confession, nominative plural confessions)

  1. confession (the disclosure of one's sins to a clergyman for absolution)

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