Definition of confess
1 : to tell or make known (as something wrong or damaging to oneself) : admit <he confessed his guilt>
2a : to acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priestb : to receive the confession of (a penitent)
3 : to declare faith in or adherence to : profess
4 : to give evidence of <Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour … — Sir Walter Scott>
1a : to disclose one's faults; specifically : to unburden one's sins or the state of one's conscience to God or to a priestb : to hear a confession
confessableplay \-ˈfe-sə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of confess in a sentence
He confessed after being questioned for many hours.
He willingly confessed his crime.
I have to confess that I was afraid at first.
I confessed my sins to the priest.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of confess
CONFESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confess for English Language Learners
: 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
CONFESS Defined for Kids
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