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confess

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1 to make an acknowledgment of something unpleasant as true or valid
  • The thief confessed to dozens of robberies.
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2 to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly
  • I had to confess it, he had a point.
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come clean (about)

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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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