Confession of faith
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 of faith — Faith Faith (f[=a]th), n. [OE. feith, fayth, fay, OF. feid, feit, fei, F. foi, fr. L. fides; akin to fidere to trust, Gr. pei qein to persuade. The ending th is perhaps due to the influence of such words as truth, health, wealth. See {Bid},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confession of faith — confession 4b * * * confession (def. 5). [1530 40] * * * confession of faith 1. A formal statement embodying the religious beliefs of a church or sect 2. A creed • • • Main Entry: ↑confess * * * confession of faith …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Westminster Confession of Faith — The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith, in the Calvinist theological tradition. Although drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly, largely of the Church of England, it became and remains the subordinate standard of …   Wikipedia

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  • Augsburg Confession of Faith —    The Augsburg Confession of Faith of 1530 was the first major Protestant creedal statement. It aimed to reconcile differences between reformers, and find common ground with Roman Catholics as well. At least that was the hope of Holy Roman… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

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