con·​fes·​sor | \ kən-ˈfe-sər How to pronounce confessor (audio) , 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

Examples of confessor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the cases of Grassi and Zanchetta, Bergoglio was a confessor to both men, suggesting he may have been swayed in his judgment by his role as their spiritual father. The Salt Lake Tribune, "AP Analysis: ‘Who am I to judge?’ might explain Pope Francis’ view toward McCarrick," 18 Nov. 2020 Is Pavel Datsyuk is hunkered down in a monastery with his personal confessor? Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit home sales dropped 70% in May," 18 June 2020 As if that weren't enough, they're joined by Andrew Scott, reprising his own role as Fleabag's Hot Priest, who serves as the couple's confessor. Tyler Aquilina,, "Watch Normal People stars confess their sins to Fleabag's Hot Priest in Comic Relief sketch," 27 June 2020 According to a report from a Russian media network, former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is hunkered down in a monastery with his personal confessor, who has taken over a Russian monastery guarded by Cossacks. Elaine Sung, Detroit Free Press, "Is Detroit Red Wings great Pavel Datsyuk with rogue priest in monastery takeover? Reports conflict," 17 June 2020 Aunt Lydia is a mercurial assassin: a pious leader, a ruthless administrator, a deliciously acerbic confessor. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Praise be: Margaret Atwood has published a sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’," 3 Sep. 2019 Some of my younger coworkers, all men, want to turn me into mother confessor. Anchorage Daily News, "Shunned by employers because you’re ‘overqualified’? Sharpen your cover letter.," 16 Sep. 2019 Critics raised constitutional concerns: given First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom, could the state force confessors to divulge information shared in confidence? San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I confess': should the ‘seal of the confessional’ protect pedophiles?," 4 Aug. 2019 Even if absolution is denied, though, the exchange between penitent and confessor is to remain confidential. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I confess': should the ‘seal of the confessional’ protect pedophiles?," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of confessor

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Confessor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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: a priest who listens to a person's confession

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