con·​fi·​te·​or kən-ˈfē-tē-ˌȯr How to pronounce confiteor (audio)
: a liturgical form in which sinfulness is acknowledged and intercession for God's mercy requested

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin confiteor domino meo "I confess [my sins] to the Lord," the opening words of the form; confiteor, first person singular present tense of confitērī "to admit (the truth of a statement), confess"

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of confiteor was in the 13th century

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“Confiteor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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