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confessional

[kuh n-fesh-uh-nl] /kənˈfɛʃ ə nl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or based on confession:
confessional release.
noun
2.
the place set apart for the hearing of confessions by a priest.
3.
French Furniture. a high, upholstered wing chair of the 18th century.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin confessiōnāle, neuter of confessiōnālis (adj.); see confession, -al1; in def. 2, 3 < French < Medieval Latin
Related forms
pseudoconfessional, adjective
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Examples for confessional
  • It becomes an open diary or confessional booth, where inward thoughts are publicly aired.
  • In part it appears to have been a sort of confessional to which he confided the records of his moral auto-stethoscope.
  • The saint was no less admirable in the confessional and in the private direction of souls than in the pulpit.
  • He spent a great part of the day in the confessional with incredible patience, and there finished what he had begun in the pulpit.
  • Beware of alcohol or other factors that may encourage confessional impulses.
  • Heck, if you want to be sly, duck into the confessional and discuss it in private out of view.
  • Go to a public school or some other confessional or private school.
  • They produced two babies and wrote a few confessional songs about each other before an acrimonious breakup.
  • The self-cleansing confessional has long been his stock-in-trade.
  • The same people today are grasping for ways to cope with threats from confessional elements they cannot intuitively understand.
British Dictionary definitions for confessional

confessional

/kənˈfɛʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, like, or suited to a confession
noun
2.
(Christianity, mainly 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 and History for confessional
confessional
"place where a priest sits to hear confession," 1727, from Fr. confessional, from M.L. confessionale, neut. of confessionalis (adj.), from confiteri (see confess).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for confessional

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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