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confessional

noun con·fes·sion·al \ kən-ˈfesh-nəl , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of confessional

1 :a place where a priest hears confessions
2 :the practice of confessing to a priest

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First Known Use of confessional

1727


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confessional

adjective

Definition of confessional

1 :of, relating to, or being a confession especially of faith
2 a :intimately autobiographical
  • confessional fiction
b :characterized by unguarded openness or self-revelation
  • We live in a confessional culture, provoked by social media and the internet and the warmth of the human impulse to share and … commiserate.
  • —Megan Garber

confessionalism

play \kən-ˈfesh-nə-ˌli-zəm, -ˈfe-shə-nə-ˌli-\ noun

confessionalist

play \kən-ˈfesh-nə-list, -ˈfe-shə-nə-list\ noun

confessionally

play \kən-ˈfesh-nə-lē, -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl-\ adverb

Examples of confessional in a Sentence

  1. confessional interviews of famous actors

Recent Examples of confessional from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confessional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of confessional

1684


CONFESSIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

confessional

noun

Definition of confessional for English Language Learners

  • : a private place inside a church where a priest hears confessions


confessional

adjective

Definition of confessional for English Language Learners

  • : telling private information about a person's life



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