Confessor



[kuh n-fes-er] /kənˈfɛs ər/

noun
1.
a person who .
2.
a priest authorized to hear .
3.
a person who faith in and adheres to the Christian religion, especially in spite of persecution and torture but without suffering martyrdom.
4.
the Confessor, .
/kənˈfɛsə/
noun
1.
(Christianity, mainly RC Church) a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
2.
(history) a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
3.
a person who makes a confession
n.

late Old English, “one who avows his religion,” especially in the face of danger, but does not suffer martyrdom, from Latin confessor, agent noun from confiteri (see confess). Meaning “one who hears confessions” is from mid-14c.; this properly would be Latin confessarius, but Latin confessor was being used in this sense from the 9th century.

Edward the Confessor (c.1003-1066, canonized 1161), last Anglo-Saxon king, was pious enough but does not seem to fit his title; perhaps so called to distinguish him from another Anglo-Saxon saint/king, Edward the Martyr, who does fit his.

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