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Meaning of CONFESS

Pronunciation:  kun'fes

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make a clean breast of; "She confessed that she had taken the money"
  2. [v]  confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
  3. [v]  confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure

CONFESS is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: concede, profess, shrive, squeal
 See Also: acknowledge, admit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*fess"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p.
    of confiteri to confess; con- + fateri to confess; akin to
    fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.]
    1. To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to
       one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a
       fault, a debt.
             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.
    2. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
             Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men,
             him will I confess, also, before my Father which is
             in heaven.                            --Matt. x. 32.
             For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,
             neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess
             both.                                 --Acts xxiii.
    3. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a
       previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
             I never gave it him. Send for him hither, And let
             him confess a truth.                  --Shak.
             As I confess it needs must be.        --Tennyson.
             As an actor confessed without rival to shine.
    4. (Eccl.)
       (a) To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a
           priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes
           followed by the reflexive pronoun.
                 Our beautiful votary took an opportunity of
                 confessing herself to this celebrated father.
       (b) To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a
                 He . . . heard mass, and the prince, his son,
                 with him, and the most part of his company were
                 confessed.                        --Ld. Berners.
    5. To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause;
       to prove; to attest.
             Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mold.
    Syn: Admit; grant; concede; avow; own; assent; recognize;
         prove; exhibit; attest.
    Usage: {To Confess}, {Acknowledge}, {Avow}. Acknowledge is
           opposed to conceal. We acknowledge what we feel must
           or ought to be made known. (See {Acknowledge}.) Avow
           is opposed to withhold. We avow when we make an open
           and public declaration, as against obloquy or
           opposition; as, to avow one's principles; to avow
           one's participation in some act. Confess is opposed to
           deny. We confess (in the ordinary sense of the word)
           what we feel to have been wrong; as, to confess one's
           errors or faults. We sometimes use confess and
           acknowledge when there is no admission of our being in
           the wrong; as, this, I confess, is my opinion; I
           acknowledge I have always thought so; but in these
           cases we mean simply to imply that others may perhaps
           think us in the wrong, and hence we use the words by
           way of deference to their opinions. It was in this way
           that the early Christians were led to use the Latin
           confiteor and confessio fidei to denote the public
           declaration of their faith in Christianity; and hence
           the corresponding use in English of the verb confess
           and the noun confession.
  2. \Con*fess"\, v. i.
    1. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the
       state of the conscience.
             Every tongue shall confess to God.    --Rom. xiv.
    2. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.
             But since (And I confess with right) you think me
             bound.                                --Tennyson.
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