- When you go to church to see a priest and tell him about your sins, this is an example of a confession.
- When you write out the details of a crime you committed for the police, this is an example of a confession.
- When you share an embarrassing secret with a friend, this is an example of a confession.
The definition of a confession is something you admit to that you are embarrassed to admit, or that you do not often share or tell people.
- the act of confessing; acknowledgment; specif.,
- an admission of guilt, esp. formally in writing, as by a person charged with a crime
- the confessing of sins to a priest in the sacrament of penance
- a general acknowledgment of sin, or a form expressing this used in public worship
- something confessed
- a statement of religious beliefs, esp. as held by a Christian church, usually longer than a creedin full confession of faith
- a church having such a confession: communion
- a statement of religious beliefs, esp. as held by a Christian church, usually longer than a creed
- the tomb or shrine of a martyr or confessor
- [sometimes pl.] a story of or as of one's life experiences, revealing faults and confidential personal details
- The act or process of confessing, as in telling one's life story as a series of failings or tribulations.
- Something confessed, especially a disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution.
- Confession In some Christian churches, the sacrament of Penance.
- A statement made acknowledging guilt of an offense.
- An avowal of belief in the doctrines of a particular faith; a creed.
- A church or group of worshipers adhering to a specific creed.
- The open admittance of having done something (especially of something bad).
- Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
- (Roman Catholicism) the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. Now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.
- I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.
- Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
- A formula in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.
From Old French, from Latin cōnfessiō (“confession, acknowledgment, creed or avowal of one's faith”).
confession - Legal Definition
An admission that one has committed a crime or any other incriminating statement made by a person.coerced confession
A confession induced by the police or other law enforcement officers’ use of threats or force.involuntary confession
- A confession induced by the police or other law enforcement officers’ use of coercion, deceit, promises, or psychological pressure.
- A confession obtained in violation of the Miranda Rule.
See voluntary confession.voluntary confession
A confession that is not involuntary. Also called an oral confession.