confess

[kuhn-fes]
verb (used with object)
1.
to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.) by way of revelation.
2.
to own or admit as true: I must confess that I haven't read the book.
3.
to declare or acknowledge (one's sins), especially to God or a priest in order to obtain absolution.
4.
(of a priest) to hear the confession of (a person).
5.
to acknowledge one's belief or faith in; declare adherence to.
6.
to reveal by circumstances.
verb (used without object)
7.
to make confession; plead guilty; own: to confess to a crime.
8.
to make confession of sins, especially to a priest.
9.
(of a priest) to hear confession.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English confessen < Anglo-French, Old French confesser < Medieval Latin confessāre, verbal derivative of Latin confessus, past participle of confitērī to admit, confess, equivalent to con- con- + -fitērī, combining form of fatērī to admit

confessable, adjective
confessingly, adverb
half-confessed, adjective
preconfess, verb (used with object)
unconfessed, adjective
unconfessing, adjective


1. See acknowledge. 2. grant, concede.


1. conceal. 2. deny.
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confess (kənˈfɛs)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by to)
1.  to make an acknowledgment or admission (of faults, misdeeds, crimes, etc)
2.  (tr) to admit or grant to be true; concede
3.  chiefly Christianity, RC Church to declare (one's sins) to God or to a priest as his representative, so as to obtain pardon and absolution
 
[C14: from Old French confesser, from Late Latin confessāre, from Latin confessus confessed, from confitērī to admit, from fatērī to acknowledge; related to Latin fārī to speak]
 
con'fessable
 
adj

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confess
late 14c., from O.Fr. confesser, from L. confessus, pp. of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" + fatus, pp. of fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak" (see fame). Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but
does not suffer martyrdom. Related: Confessed "self-acknowledged" (1560s).
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Example sentences
Zoe is forced to confess and now wonders if she'll ever be free.
Any one of several hundred resistants who recognized him could break down and
  confess under torture.
Forcing someone to confess to a crime that everyone knows he could not possibly
  have committed, on the other hand, is terrifying.
Torture statistics enough and they will confess to anything.
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