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Definition of confession noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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.
  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 have a confession to make—I lied about my age.
  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 someone's confession
  4. 4[countable] (formal) a statement of your religious beliefs, principles, etc. a confession of faith
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