WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•fes•sion /kənˈfɛʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. an act of confessing:[uncountable]Confession is good for the soul.
  2. Religion something confessed:[countable]the candidate's confessions of wrongdoing.
  3. a formal acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime:[countable]He signed his confession and they took him off to the cell.
See -fess-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•fes•sion  (kən feshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. acknowledgment;
    admission:a confession of incompetence.
  2. Religionacknowledgment or disclosure of sin or sinfulness, esp. to a priest to obtain absolution.
  3. Religionsomething that is confessed.
  4. a formal, usually written, acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime.
  5. ReligionAlso called  confession of faith. a formal profession of belief and acceptance of doctrines, as before being admitted to church membership.
  6. Religionthe tomb of a martyr or confessor or the altar or shrine connected with it.
  • Anglo-French
  • Latin confessiōn- (stem of confessiō), equivalent. to confess- (see confess) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English confessioun
  • 1350–1400

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confession /kənˈfɛʃən/ n
  1. the act of confessing
  2. something confessed
  3. an acknowledgment or declaration, esp of one's faults, misdeeds, or crimes
  4. chiefly the act of a penitent accusing himself or herself of his or her sins
  5. confession of faitha formal public avowal of religious beliefs
  6. a religious denomination or sect united by a common system of beliefs

conˈfessionary adj

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