[kuh n-fes] /kənˈfɛs/

verb (used with object)
to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.) by way of revelation.
to own or admit as true:
I must confess that I haven’t read the book.
to declare or acknowledge (one’s sins), especially to God or a priest in order to obtain absolution.
(of a priest) to hear the of (a person).
to acknowledge one’s belief or faith in; declare adherence to.
to reveal by circumstances.
verb (used without object)
to make ; plead guilty; own:
to confess to a crime.
to make of sins, especially to a priest.
(of a priest) to hear .
verb (when transitive, may take a clause as object)
when intr, often foll by to. to make an acknowledgment or admission (of faults, misdeeds, crimes, etc)
(transitive) to admit or grant to be true; concede
(Christianity, mainly RC Church) to declare (one’s sins) to God or to a priest as his representative, so as to obtain pardon and absolution

“self-acknowledged,” 1560s, past participle adjective from confess.

late 14c., from Old French confesser (transitive and intransitive), from Vulgar Latin *confessare, from Latin confess-, past participle stem of confiteri “to acknowledge,” from com- “together” (see com-) + fateri “to admit,” akin to fari “speak” (see fame (n.)).

Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. Old French confesser thus had a figurative sense of “to harm, hurt, make suffer.” Related: Confessed; confessing. An Old English word for it was andettan.


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