Definition of Confession

1. Noun. An admission of misdeeds or faults.

Generic synonyms: Admission
Specialized synonyms: Self-accusation, Self-condemnation
Derivative terms: Confess, Confess

2. Noun. A written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party.
Generic synonyms: Document, Papers, Written Document
Derivative terms: Confess, Confess

3. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution.
Generic synonyms: Penance
Specialized synonyms: Shrift
Category relationships: Church Of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church
Derivative terms: Confess

4. Noun. A public declaration of your faith.
Generic synonyms: Declaration

5. Noun. The document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century).
Specialized synonyms: Augsburg Confession
Generic synonyms: Church Doctrine, Creed, Gospel, Religious Doctrine

Definition of Confession

1. n. Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime.

Definition of Confession

1. Noun. The open admittance of having done something (especially of something bad). ¹

2. Noun. (Roman Catholicism) the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. Now termed the sacrament of reconciliation. ¹

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Definition of Confession

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Confession

confessio amantis
confession (current term)
confession of judgement
confession of judgment
confessional chair
confessional chairs
confessional debugging

Literary usage of Confession

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The nobles, indeed, tacitly assumed that the conference was a Reformed synod, and they had plainly come prepared to declare the Second Helvetic confession ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The words are "Tant i> relation & confession d'une frère John Randolf de ... The word "confession" is, clearly, there used in its primary sense of an ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"'A confession, in criminal law, is a voluntary statement made by a person ... This definition of a confession was adopted and approved by the Court of ..."

4. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James (1902)
"The complete decay of the practice of confession in Anglo- Saxon communities is a little hard to account for. Reaction against popery is of course the ..."

5. A History of the English Church During the Civil Wars and Under the by Ecole littéraire de Montréal, Charles Gill, William Arthur Shaw (1900)
"At the following session, accordingly, 21st September, 1646, Dr Burgess reported the confession transcribed so far as perfected. ..."

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