of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or based on confession: confessional release.
the place set apart for the hearing of confessions by a priest.
French Furniture. a high, upholstered wing chair of the 18th century.

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin confessiōnāle, neuter of confessiōnālis (adj.); see confession, -al1; in def. 2, 3 < French < Medieval Latin

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confessional (kənˈfɛʃənəl)
1.  of, like, or suited to a confession
2.  chiefly Christianity, RC Church a small stall, usually enclosed and divided by a screen or curtain, where a priest hears confessions
3.  a book of penitential prayers

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Word Origin & History

"place where a priest sits to hear confession," 1727, from Fr. confessional, from M.L. confessionale, neut. of confessionalis (adj.), from confiteri (see confess).
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in Roman Catholic churches, box cabinet or stall in which the priest sits to hear the confessions of penitents. The confessional is usually a wooden structure with a compartment (entered through a door or curtain) in which the priest sits and, on one or both sides, another compartment or compartments for penitents. The latter compartment is separated from the priest's by a partition with a latticed opening for the penitent to speak through and contains a step on which to kneel. By this arrangement the priest is hidden; the penitent may or may not be visible to others. Confessionals often form part of the architectural scheme of the church, but they may be movable pieces of furniture.

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Example sentences
It becomes an open diary or confessional booth, where inward thoughts are publicly aired.
Beware of alcohol or other factors that may encourage confessional impulses.
They produced two babies and wrote a few confessional songs about each other before an acrimonious breakup.
The same people today are grasping for ways to cope with threats from confessional elements they cannot intuitively understand.
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