Confess

Definition of Confess

Con`fess´
v. t.1.To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt.
[imp. & p. p. Confessed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Confessing.]
And there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.
- Milton.
I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect that none of them have mentioned.
- Addison.
2.To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess, also, before my Father which is in heaven.
- Matt. x. 32.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
- Acts xxiii. 8.
3.To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
I never gave it him. Send for him hither,
And let him confess a truth.
- Shak.
As I confess it needs must be.
- Tennyson.
As an actor confessed without rival to shine.
- Goldsmith.
4.(Eccl.) To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; - sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
5.To hear or receive such confession; - said of a priest.
He . . . heard mass, and the prince, his son, with him, and the most part of his company were confessed.
- Ld. Berners.
5.To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest.
v. i.1.To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience.
Every tongue shall confess to God.
- Rom. xiv. 11.
2.To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.
But since
(And I confess with right) you think me bound.
- Tennyson.

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