con·​fes·​sor | \kən-ˈfe-sər, senses 1 & 3 also ˈkän-ˌfe-sər, sense 3 also ˈkän-fə-ˌsȯr\

Definition of confessor 

1 : one who gives heroic evidence of faith but does not suffer martyrdom

2 : one that confesses

3a : a priest who hears confessions

b : a priest who is one's regular spiritual guide

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Going public has turned Anderson into something of a confessor. Nora Krug,, "Laurie Halse Anderson, author of 'Speak,' writing a memoir about surviving rape," 12 June 2018 These are just a few of the secrets written on postcards by anonymous confessors and currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Man. Karla Peterson,, "PostSecret exhibit turns Museum of Man into a confession booth," 9 July 2018 This is what the church does in its liturgical service and also in canonising those who are believed to be martyrs and confessors. The Economist, "Transcript: Interview with Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev," 1 Feb. 2018 One of the more entrepreneurial is Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, often described as Mr Putin’s confessor. The Economist, "Orthodox businessVladimir Putin embraces the Russian church," 3 Feb. 2018 Both trace their authority to the primacy of the word; both offer uplift to the common man, acting as his paternalistic confessor and instructor. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Review: 'Spotlight' Explores the Sins of the Fathers," 8 Oct. 2015 But Jules’s perspective is quickly sidelined for that of the third narrator-confessor: Helmut (Christian Clauss), an ambitious SS officer who delayed his thesis on Chekhov for wartime duties and who buys into Hitler’s propaganda in full. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: ‘Paradise,’ a Holocaust Drama in Black and White," 5 Oct. 2017 Whitman has become a nurse, companion and confessor to these vulnerable soldiers. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: The Opera ‘Crossing’ Shows Why Whitman Matters Today," 4 Oct. 2017 What Beyoncé shared could be enjoyed, even embraced, but not entered by anyone except the confessor herself and her mate. Ann Powers, Billboard, "Critic Ann Powers on How Beyoncé Owned Her Sexuality — and Became Pop's Reigning Queen," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of confessor

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a priest who listens to a person's confession

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