Definition of confession noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈfeʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfeʃn//
    Embarrassment, Solving crime
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a statement that a person makes, admitting that they are guilty of a crime; the act of making such a statement After hours of questioning by police, she made a full confession. His confession was extracted under torture. See related entries: Solving crime
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a statement admitting something that you are ashamed or embarrassed about; the act of making such a statement synonym admission I've a confession to make—I lied about my age. See related entries: Embarrassment
  3. 3 [uncountable, countable] (especially in the Roman Catholic Church) a private statement to a priest about the bad things that you have done to go to confession to hear somebody’s confession
  4. 4 [countable] (formal) a statement of your religious beliefs, principles, etc. a confession of faith
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin confessio(n-), from confiteri ‘acknowledge’, from con- (expressing intensive force) + fateri ‘declare, avow’.Extra examples I have a confession to make. I read your private emails. I used to go to confession every Saturday as a child. It’s difficult to believe it’s a true confession after all her lies. She made a false confession during the trial which she later retracted. The court excluded the confession wrongly obtained by the police. The government made open confession of its inability to cope with the crisis. The police forced a confession out of him. The priest heard her confession and granted absolution. a confession from the prisoner a confession to murder a true confession of a terrible crime an alleged confession by the defendant her shy confession of love I have a confession to make—I lied about my age.
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