Definition of confession
1a : an act of confessing; especially : a disclosure of one's sins in the sacrament of reconciliationb : a session for the confessing of sins go to confession
2 : a statement of what is confessed: such asa : a written or oral acknowledgment of guilt by a party accused of an offenseb : a formal statement of religious beliefs : creed the Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran Church
3 : an organized religious body having a common creed
Examples of confession in a sentence
She went to the police station and made a full confession.
I have a confession to make: I have never done this before.
The priest will hear confessions after mass today.
I haven't gone to confession in three years.
First Known Use of confession
CONFESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confession for English Language Learners
: 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
CONFESSION Defined for Kids
Definition of confession for Students
1 : an act of telling of sins or wrong, illegal, or embarrassing acts
2 : a written or spoken admission of guilt of a crime
Legal Definition of confession
1 : an act of confessing
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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