) KEY VERB: con·fessed
, con·fess·es VERB: tr.
- To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess.
- To make known (one's sins) to God or to a priest.
- To hear the confession of (a penitent).
- To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: The suspect confessed to the crime.
- To disclose one's sins to a priest.
- To listen to a confession.
Middle English confessen
, from Old French confesser
, from Vulgar Latin *cnfessre
, from Latin cnfitr, cnfess-
, intensive pref.
; see com-
, to admit
; see bh-2
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:con·fessa·ble(Adjective)
) KEY (Adverb)