Definition of Confessional

1. Noun. A booth where a priest sits to hear confessions.

Generic synonyms: Booth, Cubicle, Kiosk, Stall



Definition of Confessional

1. n. The recess, seat, or inclosed place, where a priest sits to hear confessions; often a small structure furnished with a seat for the priest and with a window or aperture so that the penitent who is outside may whisper into the priest's ear without being seen by him or heard by others.

2. a. Pertaining to a confession of faith.

Definition of Confessional

1. Adjective. In the manner or style of a confession. ¹

2. Noun. (context: Roman Catholic church) A small room where confession (the sacrament of reconciliation) is performed. Traditional architecture has used three adjacent rooms separated by gratings with sliding doors; the priest hearing the confessions sits in the middle room and alternately opens one of the doors to hear confession from the person kneeling on that side. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Confessional

1. [n -S]

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confessio amantis
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Literary usage of Confessional

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1. The Secret History of the Oxford Movement by Walter Walsh (1899)
"THE SECRECY OF THE RITUALISTIC confessional. The confessional always a secret thing—confessional Scandal at Leeds— Dr. Pusey on the Seal of the ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"He emphasized doctrine without obscuring the Gospel, and revealed an earnest, keen, thoroughly trained personality of the Lutheran- confessional type. ..."

3. The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes by Philip Schaff (1919)
"THE confessional STATEMENT OF THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA. ... The confessional Statement omits for the most part distinctly theological ..."

4. The Pronoun of Address in English Literature of the Thirteenth Century by Arthur Garfield Kennedy (1915)
"I. PRONOUN OF confessional AND PULPIT. To anyone reading the literature of the ... The pronoun of the confessional prevails, to the exclusion of the other, ..."

5. A Catalogue of the Library of the College of St. Margaret and St. Bernard by Thomas Hartwell Horne, Queens' College (University of Cambridge). Library (1827)
"ANIMADVERSIONS on an Essay on Religious Establishments, and on Three Letters to the Author of the " confessional." With Observations, shewing the ..."

6. A History of the Inquisition of Spain by Henry Charles Lea (1907)
"dangerous because there had not yet been invented the device of the confessional—a box or stall in which the confessor sits with his ear at a grille, ..."

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