Confession Con*fes"sion, n. [F. confession, L. confessio.] 1. Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime. [1913 Webster]

With a crafty madness keeps aloof, When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith. [1913 Webster]

With the mouth confession is made unto salvation. --Rom. x. 10. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eccl.) The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution. [1913 Webster]

Auricular confession . . . or the private and special confession of sins to a priest for the purpose of obtaining his absolution. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

4. A formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may be explained or rebutted. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

{Confession and avoidance} (Law), a mode of pleading in which the party confesses the facts as stated by his adversary, but alleges some new matter by way of avoiding the legal effect claimed for them. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

{Confession of faith}, a formulary containing the articles of faith; a creed.

{General confession}, the confession of sins made by a number of persons in common, as in public prayer.

{Westminster Confession}. See {Westminster Assembly}, under {Assembly}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Confession — (v. lat. Confessio), 1) (Rechtsw.), Geständniß, s.d.; 2) das Bekenntniß eines Schuldners gegen den Gläubiger vor Gericht od. vor Zeugen, die genannte Summe diesem wirklich schuldig zu sein; 3) Geständniß des sündhaften Zustandes od. einer… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • confession — late 14c., action of confessing, originally in religion, from O.Fr. confession (10c.), from L. confessionem (nom. confessio) confession, acknowledgement, noun of action from pp. stem of confiteri (see CONFESS (Cf. confess)). In law, from 1570s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • confession — [kən fesh′ən] n. 1. the act of confessing; acknowledgment; specif., a) an admission of guilt, esp. formally in writing, as by a person charged with a crime b) the confessing of sins to a priest in the sacrament of penance c) a general… …   English World dictionary

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