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.
Recent Examples of confession from the Web
Gonzalez was convicted in 1995 on the basis of the woman's identification of him and the confession, according to the lawsuit.
The 709 Crackdown ushered in a humiliating parade of public confessions by lawyers including Wang Yu, Xie Xang and Zhang Kai.
On Thursday, however, a three-judge federal appeals panel affirmed a federal magistrate’s ruling from last summer that Dassey’s confession was coerced.
Much is made of Mozart’s childhood gifts, but here’s a confession from this lifelong Mozart-lover: His first 200 or so works aren’t really that special, other than the fact that a boy composed them.
On Thursday, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled that the confession was improperly obtained, and the state of Wisconsin must either retry Dassey or release him from prison.
But the judge said new evidence supports Floyd's claim that police beat him to coerce a confession.
From PEN: Make Marshmallow-Stuffed Hot Cocoa Cookies Ree’s originally launched her blog in 2006 under the title Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, featuring mostly recipes.
Francis had been convicted by an all-white jury for murdering a white man based on a confession given without a lawyer present.
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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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