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Pronunciation:  kun'feshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution
  2. [n]  a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
  3. [n]  an admission of misdeeds or faults

CONFESSION is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: admission, document, papers, penance, self-accusation, self-condemnation, shrift, written document



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*fes"sion\, n. [F. confession, L. confessio.]
1. Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining
   to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or

         With a crafty madness keeps aloof, When we would
         bring him on to some confession Of his true state.

2. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.

         With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
                                               --Rom. x. 10.

3. (Eccl.) The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest
   in order to obtain sacramental absolution.

         Auricular confession . . . or the private and
         special confession of sins to a priest for the
         purpose of obtaining his absolution.  --Hallam.

4. A formulary 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

5. (Law) An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed,
   in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the
   issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may
   be explained or rebutted. --Wharton.

{Confession and avoidance} (Law), a mode of pleading in which
   the party confesses the facts as stated by his adversary,
   but alleges some new matter by way of avoiding the legal
   effect claimed for them. --Mozley & W.

{Confession of faith}, a formulary containing the articles of
   faith; a creed.

{General confession}, the confession of sins made by a number
   of persons in common, as in public prayer.

{Westminster Confession}. See {Westminster Assembly}, under

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you or someone is confessing, represents feelings of guilt and self-blame. Alternatively, it suggests a form of healing and heralding the new changes in your life.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1) An open profession of faith (Luke 12:8). (2.) An acknowledment of sins to God (Lev. 16:21; Ezra 9:5-15; Dan. 9:3-12), and to a neighbour whom we have wronged (James 5:16; Matt. 18:15).

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