WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
con•fes•sion /kənˈfɛʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- [uncountable] an act of confessing:Confession is good for the soul.
- Religion[countable] something confessed:the candidate's confessions of wrongdoing.
- [countable] a formal acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime:He signed his confession and they took him off to the cell.
(kən fesh′ən), n.
admission:a confession of incompetence.
- Religionacknowledgment or disclosure of sin or sinfulness, esp. to a priest to obtain absolution.
- Religionsomething that is confessed.
- a formal, usually written, acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime.
- ReligionAlso called confession of faith. a formal profession of belief and acceptance of doctrines, as before being admitted to church membership.
- Religionthe tomb of a martyr or confessor or the altar or shrine connected with it.
- Latin confessiōn- (stem of confessiō), equivalent. to confess- (see confess) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English confessioun
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
confession /kənˈfɛʃən/ n
- the act of confessing
- something confessed
- an acknowledgment or declaration, esp of one's faults, misdeeds, or crimes
- chiefly the act of a penitent accusing himself or herself of his or her sins
- confession of faith ⇒ a formal public avowal of religious beliefs
- a religious denomination or sect united by a common system of beliefs
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