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confess

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of confess

  1. 1 to make an acknowledgment of something unpleasant as true or valid the thief confessed to dozens of robberies Synonyms of confess admit, cop (to) [slang], fess (up), own (up) Words Related to confess blab, talk, tattle; babble, spill Near Antonyms of confess clam up, hush, quiet (down), shut up

  2. 2 to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly political prisoners, under threat of torture, forced to confess their guilt Synonyms of confess acknowledge, agree, allow, concede, admit, fess (up), grant, own (up to)Words Related to confess disburden, unburden, unload; affirm, avow, confirm, profess; accept, recognize, yield; announce, break, broadcast, communicate, declare, disclose, divulge, impart, proclaim, publish, reveal, spill, tell, unveil; betray, blab, expose, give away, inform, leak, rat, squeal, talk, tattle, tip (off), warn, wise (up); breathe, say, whisperNear Antonyms of confess disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown; contradict, dispute, gainsay, negate, negative; rebut, refute, reject, repudiate; conceal, cover (up), hide, obscure, veil; kid (oneself)Antonyms of confess deny

Synonym Discussion of confess

acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed.
    • acknowledged an earlier peccadillo
admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications.
    • admitted the project was over budget
own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself.
    • must own I know little about computers
avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about.
    • avowed that he was a revolutionary
confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt.
    • confessed a weakness for sweets


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