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noun con·fes·sion \kən-ˈfe-shən\

Simple Definition of confession

  • : a written or spoken statement in which you say that you have done something wrong or committed a crime

  • : the act of telling people something that makes you embarrassed, ashamed, etc.

  • : the act of telling your sins to God or to a priest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of confession

  1. 1 a :  an act of confessing; especially :  a disclosure of one's sins in the sacrament of reconciliation b :  a session for the confessing of sins <go to confession>

  2. 2 :  a statement of what is confessed: as a :  a written or oral acknowledgment of guilt by a party accused of an offense b :  a formal statement of religious beliefs :  creed

  3. 3 :  an organized religious body having a common creed

Examples of confession in a sentence

  1. She went to the police station and made a full confession.

  2. I have a confession to make: I have never done this before.

  3. The priest will hear confessions after mass today.

  4. I haven't gone to confession in three years.

14th Century

First Known Use of confession

14th century

CONFESSION Defined for Kids


noun con·fes·sion \kən-ˈfe-shən\

Definition of confession for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of telling of sins or wrong, illegal, or embarrassing acts

  2. 2 :  a written or spoken admission of guilt of a crime

Law Dictionary


noun con·fes·sion

Legal Definition of confession

  1. 1 :  an act of confessing

  2. 2 :  an acknowledgment of a fact or allegation as true or proven; especially :  a written or oral statement by an accused party acknowledging the party's guilt (as by admitting commission of a crime) — compare admission, declaration against interest at declaration, self-incrimination

Additional Notes on confession

Courts differ on how a confession establishes the accused's guilt; for example, in some jurisdictions the confession has to establish all the necessary elements of the crime. In order to be admissible as evidence, a confession must be voluntary. A guilty plea is considered a judicial confession.

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