• WordNet 3.6
    • n confession (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution
    • n confession a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
    • n confession the document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century)
    • n confession a public declaration of your faith
    • n confession an admission of misdeeds or faults
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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.
    • Confession A formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.
    • Confession Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith. "With the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
    • Confession Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime. "With a crafty madness keeps aloof,
      When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state."
    • Confession (Law) An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may be explained or rebutted.
    • Confession (Eccl) The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution. "Auricular confession . . . or the private and special confession of sins to a priest for the purpose of obtaining his absolution."
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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.
    • n confession The act of confessing. The acknowledgment of a fault or wrong, or of any act or obligation adverse to one's reputation or interest.
    • n confession The act of making an avowal; profession.
    • n confession Eccles., a disclosing of sins or faults to a priest; the disburdening of the conscience privately to a confessor: often called auricular confession. In both the Eastern and the Western Church confession is one of the four parte of the sacrament of penance, viz., contrition, confession, absolution, and satisfaction. See sacramental confession.
    • n confession In common law, an admission or acknowledgment of guilt. A judicial confession is a confession made in court, or before an examining magistrate. An extra-judicial confession is one made not in the course of legal prosecution for the offense, but out of court, whether made to an official or a non-official person.
    • n confession In Roman law, the admission by the defendant of the plaintilf's claim. It was either in jure (that is, before the pretor, and before the case had been referred to a judge to be tried) or in judicio (that is, made after the case had been so referred).
    • n confession In liturgics: In many Oriental and early liturgies, a form of prayer acknowledging sinfulness and unworthiness, said by the priest before the celebration of the eucharist: also called the apologia.
    • n confession In the Roman and other Latin masses, the Confiteor, or form of general acknowledgment of sins, said first by the celebrant and then by the assistants, and followed by the Misereatur and Indulgentiam before the priest ascends to the altar and proceeds to the Introit.
    • n confession In the Anglican communion office, the form of general acknowledgment of sins made by the celebrant and the communicants.
    • n confession In the liturgy of St. Chrysos-tom, and in the Alexandrine and other Oriental liturgies, the profession of faith, made before communicating, that the consecrated elements are really and truly the body and blood of Christ.
    • n confession A formulary which comprises articles of religious faith; a creed to be assented to or signed as a preliminary to admission to the membership of a church, or to certain offices of authority in the church: usually called a confession of faith. The great confessions of faith of the Protestant Christian church are: the Augsburg Confession (1530), a part of the symbol of the Lutheran Church: the first and second Helvetic confessions (1536 and 1566), symbols of the Reformed churches of Switzerland, the latter being approved by nearly all the Reformed churches of the Continent and of England and Scotland; the Gallican Confession (1559), also called the Confession of Rochelle, prepared by Calvin and his pupil De Chandieu, the symbol of the French Protestant church; the Belgie Confession (1561, revised 1619), the symbol of the Reformed churches in Belgium and the Netherlands, and of the Reformed (Dutch) Church in the United States; the first Scotch Confession (1560) and the second Scotch Confession or the National Covenant (1581), the symbols of the Scotch church before the adoption of the Westminster Confession; the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England (1563 and 1571); the American revision of the same (1801), the symbol of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States; the Irish Article (l6l5) and the Lambeth Articles (1595), thesymbols of the Church of Ireland; the Canons of the Synod of Dort (1619), at present recognized by the Dutch Church, and by the Reformed (Dutch) Church in the United States; the Westminster Confession (1647), the symbol of the Presbyterian Church in England, and of Scotland (taking the place in Scotland of the so-called Scotch confessions'), and, with some alterations, of the Presbyterian Church of America; the Savoy Confession (1658), adopted by the Independents at the Savoy palace, London; the declaration of the Congregational Union of England and Wales (1833), of the Boston (United States) National Council (1865), and of the Oberlin National Council (1871), symbols of Congregational churches; the Articles of Religion (1784) of the Methodist Church; the Confession of 1688, and the New Hampshire Confession (1833), symtols of the Baptist Church. See catechism, creed.
    • n confession [ML. confessio(n-).] The tomb of a martyr or confessor. If an altar was erected over the grave, the name was extended also to the altar and to the subterranean chamber in which it stood. In later times a basilica was sometimes erected over the chamber; the high altar was placed over the altar on the tomb below, and so this high altar also, and subsequently the entire building, was called a confession. Also called confessional, and in the Greek Church catabasis or catabasion.
    • n confession [capitalized] In the Book of Common Prayer: The form of acknowledgment of sins to be said by the minister and the whole congregation at the beginning of Morning Prayer and Evening Praver.
    • n confession The form of confession in the Communion office.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Confession acknowledgment of a crime or fault: avowal; a statement of one's religious belief: acknowledgment of sin to a priest
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  • 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.”
  • Dorothy Dix
    Dorothy Dix
    “Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. confession, L. confessio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confesser—L. confitēri, confessuscon, sig. completeness, and fatērifāri, to speak.


In literature:

Again the magistrate exhorted the victim to confess, and again he refused, saying that there was nothing to confess.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
And there in one of the large halls, before freeing him, he compelled him to confess himself to a monk.
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
I confess myself attached to them.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
Guillaume had realised that he must confess the truth, but in simple fashion, without detailing the circumstances.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
And there in one of the large halls, before freeing him, he compelled him to confess himself to a monk.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
"An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism" by Joseph Stump
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
"An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism" by Joseph Stump
It must indeed be confessed that never man threw up his pen, under stronger temptations to have employed it longer.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Hence he abandoned regretfully the notion of confession, as a beautifully impossible dream.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
She felt that she must confess her sins even if she did not believe in confession.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore

In poetry:

I will confess
With cheerfulness,
Love is a thing so likes me,
That, let her lay
On me all day,
I'll kiss the hand that strikes me.
"Hymn To Love" by Robert Herrick
Thou lovest still the poor; oh, blest
In poverty beloved to be!
Less lowly is our choice confessed,
We love the rich, in loving Thee.
"Thou lovest still the poor; oh, blest" by Dora Greenwell
In Will's old master's plenteous days
His memory e'er be bless'd,
What need of speaking in his praise?
His goodness stands confess'd.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior
Between the two, we must confess,
They muster'd up one only dress;
And as on her no covering shone
He kindly o'er her spread his own.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton
I must confess it rolls along,
In scintillating streams of bliss;
Until it mingles with my song—
And thrills me like a pulsing kiss.
"Love and Fear Contest" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Heav'n, earth, and sea confess his hand;
He bids the vapors rise;
Lightning and storm at his command
Sweep through the sounding skies.
"Psalm 135" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Joran van der Sloot said he wanted to confess to the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru in 2010.
A 3-Step SEO Copywriting Confession.
Marc Ribot I\'m Confessing (that I love you) Saints.
Investigators are scrambling to find any piece of evidence that will corroborate a New Jersey man's confession that he killed Etan Patz 33 years ago.
Confessions of a TV couch potato .
A Dixie County family got their justice, as a man confessed to murder and learned his fate today.
Hilltop Creeper ' Suspect Confessed To Crimes.
I must confess that I've never been a great fan of Edmond Rostand's " Cyrano de Bergerac ," though it is indisputably a beloved classic.
Had the over-the-top artist lived longer, there might have been a scene of him confessing all to Dr Melfi.
And although I must confess that a lot of those bulbs on my porch are tulips, today I'm going to focus on the daffodils .
"You know, there were 50 'confessing Sams' at the time of the murder," sighs Gilmore, sinking back into his chair.
In his last three films, Evening, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, he's played a boy-man with a big (if vulnerable) heart.
While on his death bed in the prison hospital, Washington to confessed murdering a 35-year old woman in 1995.
James Washington made a death bed confession after he suffered a. Tuesday, November 06, 2012.
Confessions of a writing-book junkie.

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