• WordNet 3.6
    • v confess admit (to a wrongdoing) "She confessed that she had taken the money"
    • v confess confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
    • v confess confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Alcoholics are twice as likely to confess a drinking problem to a computer than to a doctor, say researchers in Wisconsin.
    • Confess To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in. "Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess , also, before my Father which is in heaven.""For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both."
    • Confess To acknowledge; to admit; to concede. "But sinceAnd I confess with right) you think me bound."
    • Confess To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment. "I never gave it him. Send for him hither,
      And let him confess a truth."
      "As I confess it needs must be.""As an actor confessed without rival to shine."
    • Confess To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest. "Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mold."
    • Confess (Eccl) To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest.
    • Confess To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt. "And there confess Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.""I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect that none of them have mentioned."
    • Confess To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience. "Every tongue shall confess to God."
    • Confess (Eccl) To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A recent Gallup survey showed that in the United States 8 percent of kissers kept their eyes open, but more than 20 percent confessed to an occasional peek. Forty-one percent said they experienced their first serious smooch when they were age thirteen, fourteen, or fifteen; 36 percent between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. The most memorable kiss in a motion picture was in "Gone With The Wind" according to 25 percent of those polled.
    • confess To make avowal or admission of, as of a fault, a crime, a charge, a debt, or something that is against one's interest or reputation; own; acknowledge; avow.
    • confess Reflexively, to make an admission or an inculpatory statement concerning; acknowledge to be; specifically, acknowledge the sins or moral faults of, as in auricular confession to a priest: as, I confess myself in error or at fault.
    • confess Eccles., to receive the confession of; act as a confessor to.
    • confess To acknowledge as having a certain character or certain claims; recognize; own; avow; declare belief in.
    • confess To grant; admit; concede.
    • confess To reveal by circumstances; show by effect; disclose; prove; attest.
    • confess Synonyms Admit, Avow, etc. See acknowledge.
    • confess To make confession or avowal; disclose or admit a crime, fault, debt, etc.
    • confess Eccles., to make known one's sins or the state of one's conscience to a priest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Confess kon-fes′ to acknowledge fully, esp. something wrong: to own or admit: to make known, as sins to a priest: to hear a confession, as a priest
    • v.i Confess to make confession
    • adj Confess pertaining to confession
    • n Confess a confessional
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  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.”
  • St. Augustine
    “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.”
  • Louis Cassels
    Louis Cassels
    “In confession... we open our lives to healing, reconciling, restoring, uplifting grace of him who loves us in spite of what we are.”
  • Joni Mitchell
    Joni Mitchell
    “There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said.”
  • Proverb
    “Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “He that jokes confesses.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri, to confess; con-, + fateri, to confess; akin to fari, to speak. See 2d Ban Fame


In literature:

Deliverance Hobbs, who had confessed to being a witch, now testified that she was tormented by the spectres for her confession.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
I confess I do not perfectly understand your explanation.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
As we sat chatting in that quiet comfortable room, I confess that I became rather fascinated by my host.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
Victor Hugo in his lighter vein is really, we must honestly confess, a somewhat disconcerting companion.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
I confess I had the same intention.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
A confession is a confession and that settles it.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
What a solemn confession and warning from one of the high places: We pray too little!
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
They were the form in which the French people began the telling of their sins in confession.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
I confess that I know not what to think of all these singularities.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
Now I confess I could never understand such a prejudice among men of science.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller

In poetry:

Soul, you sentinel,
Murmur and confess,
Day is fiery hell,
Night is nothingness.
"Time Without End" by Arthur Rimbaud
Thus we ourselves would justify,
Though we the Law transgress;
Like him, unable to deny,
Unwilling to confess.
"Adam" by John Newton
The force of truth how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous whom they hate,
A solid hope possess.
"Balaam's Wish" by John Newton
Till at last delirious passion
Thrill'd the god to wild excess,
And the fervour of a moment
Made divinity confess;
"Daphne" by George Meredith
My faith would lay her hand
On that dear head of thine,
While, like a penitent, I stand,
And there confess my sin.
"Hymn 142" by Isaac Watts
False swearer, do confess thy fault,
To ease thy guilty mind;
Unto thy God for mercy cry,
Whose love is ever kind.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani 's hat trick for Napoli in its 3-0 win over Lazio was overshadowed by Miroslav Klose 's confession to having using his hand to score for Lazio.
His 2004 classic "Confessions" and 2010's "Raymond vs Raymond" are two of the best R&B albums of the last decade.
An unidentified heart surgeon took to the website Reddit to give a candidly disturbing take on his life-or-death job, making some horrifying confessions, including that he's harvested organs from patients while they were STILL ALIVE.
Anne Deaton speaks at 'True Confessions of a High- Heeled Leader'.
Convicted gangster Jimmy Henchman confessed to setting up the 1994 Quad Studios shooting of Tupac Shakur.
Anne Deaton speaks at 'True Confessions of a High-Heeled Leader'.
With The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell has moved beyond personal confession into the realm of social philosophy.
According to the Hocking County Sheriff's Office, Donald Lee Williams confessed to setting the South Bloomingville Christian Church on fire on Aug 17.
Pope hears Good Friday confessions in Holy Week tinged by concern over Iraqi war.
Lopez confessed that he waited in the back of Perez's van waiting for her to get out of school.
Americana as confession, lamentation, escape.
WITH MARCH MADNESS fast approaching, I must make a painful, soul-bearing confession.
The man suspected in 14 Omaha robberies confessed Wednesday from inside the Douglas County Jail.
The investigation led to the housekeeping crew and Racheal Ireland confessed to taking the two rings while working in the home on two separate occasions and pawning them in Lee County.
Things got dirty after that, he confesses.

In science:

It was obvious - and later confessed - that they used random number generators, digits of π , the logistic map, etc. instead of their own fingers.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
Let us confess that we require absolutely continuous distribution of random couplings.
Localization near fluctuation boundaries via fractional moments and applications
To help the reader remember the r ˆoles of the Greek letters, we confess right away that γ , the third letter in the Greek alphabet, represents third moments, while δ , the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet, represents fourth moments.
Variations on the Berry-Esseen theorem
At last, we must confess we did not systematically build the whole set of 500 crossings that is specified by the use-case.
Twelve Ways to Build CMS Crossings from ROOT Files
This is why this essay tries to stick to the orthodox point of view (which is, I must confess, a strong prejudice of the author).
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell