confessional
I. noun Date: 1727 1. a place where a priest hears confessions 2. the practice of confessing to a priest II. adjective Date: 1684 1. of, relating to, or being a confession especially of faith 2. of, relating to, or being intimately autobiographical <
confessional fiction
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confessionalism nounconfessionalist nounconfessionally adverb

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  • Confessional — Con*fes sion*al, n. [F. confessional.] The recess, seat, or inclosed place, where a priest sits to hear confessions; often a small structure furnished with a seat for the priest and with a window or aperture so that the penitent who is outside… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confessional — Con*fes sion*al, a. Pertaining to a confession of faith. [1913 Webster] {Confessional equality}, equality before the law of persons confessing different creeds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confessional — place where a priest sits to hear confession, 1727, from Fr. confessional, from M.L. confessionale, neut. of confessionalis (adj.), from confiteri (see CONFESS (Cf. confess)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • confessional — adj. 2 g. 1. Relativo ou semelhante a confissão (ex.: tom confessional). 2. Relativo a uma crença religiosa.   ‣ Etimologia: latim confessio, onis, confissão + al …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • confessional — ► NOUN 1) an enclosed stall in a church, in which a priest sits to hear confessions. 2) a confession. ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of speech or writing) in which a person admits to private thoughts or incidents in their past. 2) relating to religious… …   English terms dictionary

  • confessional — [kən fesh′ə nəl] n. [Fr, orig. (chaire) confessionale, (chair) for confession] 1. a small, enclosed place in a church, where a priest hears confessions 2. confession to a priest adj. of, characterized by, or for a confession or confessions …   English World dictionary

  • Confessional — For other uses, see Confessional (disambiguation). A confessional is a small, enclosed booth used for the Sacrament of Penance, often called confession, or Reconciliation. It is the usual venue for the sacrament in the Roman Catholic Church, but… …   Wikipedia

  • confessional — [[t]kənfe̱ʃən(ə)l[/t]] confessionals 1) N COUNT A confessional is the small room in a church where Christians, especially Roman Catholics, go to confess their sins. 2) ADJ GRADED A confessional speech or writing contains confessions. The… …   English dictionary

  • confessional — /keuhn fesh euh nl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or based on confession: confessional release. n. 2. the place set apart for the hearing of confessions by a priest. 3. Fr. Furniture. a high, upholstered wing chair of the 18th… …   Universalium

  • confessional — I UK [kənˈfeʃ(ə)nəl] / US [kənˈfeʃən(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms confessional : singular confessional plural confessionals a small room in a church, especially a Roman Catholic church, where a person goes to tell a priest about the bad… …   English dictionary

  • confessional — con|fes|sion|al1 [kənˈfeʃənəl] n a place in a church, usually an enclosed room, where a priest hears people make their confessions confessional 2 confessional2 adj confessional speech or writing contains private thoughts or feelings that you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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