• WordNet 3.6
    • n confessor a priest who hears confession and gives absolution
    • n confessor someone who confesses (discloses information damaging to themselves)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Confessor A priest who hears the confessions of others and is authorized to grant them absolution.
    • Confessor One who confesses; one who acknowledges a fault, or the truth of a charge, at the risk of suffering; specifically, one who confesses himself a follower of Christ and endures persecution for his faith. "He who dies for religion is a martyr; he who suffers for it is a confessor .""Our religion which hath been sealed with the blood of so many martyrs and confessors ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confessor One who confesses; one who acknowledges a crime, a fault, or an obligation.
    • n confessor One who makes a profession of his faith in the Christian religion; specifically, one who avows his religion in the face of danger, and adheres to it in spite of persecution and torture. It was formerly used as synonymous with martyr; afterward it was applied to those who, having been persecuted and tormented, were permitted to die in peace; and it was used also for such Christians as lived a good life and died with the reputation of sanctity: as, Edward the Confessor.
    • n confessor One who hears confessions; specifically, a priest who hears confession and grants absolution; distinctively, as a title of office, a priest employed as a private spiritual director, as of a king or other great personage. Formerly, at European courts, the office of confessor was a very important one. giving its incumbent great privileges and influence, and often great power politically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Confessor one who professes the Christian faith, or a priest who hears confessions and grants absolution: one who endures persecution but not death:—fem. Confess′oress
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  • W. H. Auden
    “Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.”
  • George Herbert
    “Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. confessor, F. confesseur, fr. L. & LL. confessor,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confesser—L. confitēri, confessuscon, sig. completeness, and fatērifāri, to speak.


In literature:

Ferdinand was suddenly convinced that death was at hand; his confessor exhorted him to forgive and make peace with his enemies.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
His confessor might have thrust into his lips the words which he so wished to hear.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
The story is given most fully by Martinus Polonus, confessor to Gregory X., and the tale was generally believed till the Reformation.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Edward the Confessor, like Henry VI., was not only an invalid but almost an idiot.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
The robot-confessor instructs children and adults alike.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
He was a kinsman of Edward the Confessor.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
The next morning she hurried off to inform her father confessor of her discovery.
"The Last Look" by W.H.G. Kingston
The jailer, however, again urged me to see a confessor, in case I should die.
"The Young Llanero" by W.H.G. Kingston
He sent for another confessor, who drew up his confession in writing at his own request, and afterwards inserted it in his will.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Her confessor died, and the old lady chose me to supply his place.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Oratories and churches built over the tombs of martyrs and confessors.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
Early in the morning I went in great distress to seek my confessor.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
After we had drunk chocolate, he asked me my age, my confessor's name, and many intricate questions about religion.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The great lanky boy rose obediently before his little confessor, who scarce reached to his shoulder, and proceeded to put himself to rights.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
But D'Andelot was not proof against the sophistries of Ruze, a doctor of the Sorbonne and confessor of the king.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
But he reserved a doubt for the consideration of his confessor.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
A similar piece of mosaic work may be seen round the shrine of Edward the Confessor at Westminster.
"The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]." by Hartley Withers
In these colleges there were, prior to the week of prayer, 390 confessors.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
It was, however, rebuilt in much greater splendour by Edward the Confessor.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Eadward the Confessor and Earl Godwine.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner

In poetry:

Gentle Eva, loving Eva,
Child confessor, true believer,
Listener at the Master's knee,
"Suffer such to come to me."
"Eva" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Pray, all you Confessors.
And, O crowned with palm,
Silas and all Martyrs,
That I find your calm,
When I come to die.
"The Feast Of St. Silas, Martyr, And Patron Of This Place" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
All Doctors and Confessors,
Martyrs and holy Souls,
Lighten my path of darkness
With your aureoles,
When I come to die.
"The Feast Of St. Silas, Martyr, And Patron Of This Place" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
Take heart with us, O man of old,
Soul-freedom's brave confessor,
So love of God and man wax strong,
Let sect and creed be lesser.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Not in vain, Confessor old,
Unto us the tale is told
Of thy day of trial;
Every age on him who strays
From its broad and beaten ways
Pours its seven-fold vial.
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Their yoke is easy and their burden light
Whose sole confessor is the Christ of God;
Her quiet trust and faith transcending sight
Smoothed to her feet the difficult paths she trod.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

And, by the way: if it helps, an embossed certificate, suitable for framing, will be sent to each confessor .
Black Country Communion, the supergroup comprised of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and Joe Bonamassa, have released ' Confessor ,' the first single from their upcoming album, 'Afterglow.
But this was Confessor 's night, and considering the number of local old-schoolers in the audience, it was really a kind of metal family reunion.
Breton – Edward the Confessor .
(This was originally posted at the Parish Blog of St Edward the Confessor, but is being re-posted here.
If you want to have a look, see The Parish Blog of St Edward the Confessor.
Westminster Abbey staff clean floor around Edward the Confessor's tomb.
At my home parish of St Edward the Confessor in Clifton Park, we offer Advent Reflections on the parish blog.
Tonight, their new track "The Pride" takes on "Confessor" from Black Country Communion .
Confessor and comforter, Oprah Winfrey has made many of us healthier, happier and smarter since her eponymous show began 25 years ago.
New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore wrote to Paterson press secretary Marissa Shorenstein in January with a question about state higher education budgets.
The program also will feature the "Laudate Dominum" from Mozart 's "Vesperae solennes de confessore," K 339, a more mature work composed in 1779.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339.
Tiger Woods has seen his reputation go from one of role model and star to a confessor of "transgressions.".
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 (Solemn Vespers of the Confessor): Laudate Dominum.