verb \kən-ˈfes\

: to admit that you did something wrong or illegal

: to talk about or admit something that makes you embarrassed, ashamed, etc.

: to tell (your sins) to God or to a priest

Full Definition of CONFESS

transitive verb
:  to tell or make known (as something wrong or damaging to oneself) :  admit <he confessed his guilt>
a :  to acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priest
b :  to receive the confession of (a penitent)
:  to declare faith in or adherence to :  profess
:  to give evidence of
intransitive verb
a :  to disclose one's faults; specifically :  to unburden one's sins or the state of one's conscience to God or to a priest
b :  to hear a confession
:  admit, own <confess to a crime>
con·fess·able \-ˈfe-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of CONFESS

  1. He confessed after being questioned for many hours.
  2. He willingly confessed his crime.
  3. I have to confess that I was afraid at first.
  4. I confessed my sins to the priest.

Origin of CONFESS

Middle English, from Anglo-French confesser, from confés having confessed, from Latin confessus, past participle of confitēri to confess, from com- + fatēri to confess; akin to Latin fari to speak — more at ban
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CONFESS

admit, cop (to) [slang], fess (up), own (up)
See Synonym Discussion at acknowledge


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