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 Take for example this delicious little bit from matriarch Trudy, salon owner, hair washer and chief confessor to all who walk through her doors with their problems. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 One of Esther’s clients, Mrs. Van Buren (Rebecca Spence), looks to Esther as intimate confessor for her own misery, yet the relationship is doomed by inequity. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 But for three decades her music has also served as a sort of open-source support network, with Blige at the center as therapist and confessor, self-esteem coach and cold-truth teller. Leah Greenblatt,, 11 Feb. 2022 This is certainly true, but any confessor will tell you that doing better today does not absolve you from confessing past sins. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Feb. 2022 She was likened at times to fellow Californian Joan Didion — although Babitz often found magic where Didion saw ruin — and to the French author-sage-confessor Collette. Hillel Italie, ajc, 18 Dec. 2021 The costumer-confessor and actress-penitent were in a state of hope. New York Times, 4 May 2021 The reason for his laughter is nearly always the documentary’s subject, Robert Lloyd, who takes palpable pleasure in causing his friend and (for the purposes of the film) confessor to absolutely lose it. Mark O’connell, The New York Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2021 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, 18 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of confessor

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confessor

Middle English confessour, borrowed from Anglo-French confessur, borrowed from Medieval Latin confessor, going back to Late Latin, "one professing a religious faith, one confessing sins," from confitērī "to profess faith" (going back to Latin, "to admit [a fact, the truth of a statement or charge], reveal") + Latin -tor, agent suffix — more at confess

Note: The word confessor occurs in some Old English texts, though usually with Latin or ambiguous inflection.

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23 Jun 2022

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“Confessor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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