Definitions of confess

  1. make a clean breast of; " She confessed that she had taken the money"
  2. confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
  3. confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
  4. admit, make a clean breast of; " She confessed that she had taken the money"
  5. 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.
  6. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
  7. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
  8. To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
  9. To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest.
  10. To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest.
  11. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience.
  12. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.
  13. To admit or acknowledge; avow; grant; profess; hear a confession from; said of a priest.
  14. Disclose the state of one's conscience to a priest; of a priest, to hear a confession; to make an acknowledgment; with to.
  15. To acknowledge fully, especially something wrong: to own or admit: to make known, as sins to a priest: to hear a confession, as a priest.
  16. To make confession.
  17. To acknowledge; to own; to make known; to hear a confession.
  18. To acknowledge; own; admit, as a fault or error.
  19. To avow.
  20. To disclose; reveal.
  21. To make acknowledgment.
  22. To acknowledge or own a crime; to acknowledge sins; to hear the confession of; to admit.
  23. To make confession; to disclose faults.
  24. To admit or own; to acknowledge, as a crime or fault; to disclose or avow; to admit or assent to as true; to hear the confession of another, as a Roman Catholic priest does.

Usage examples for confess

  1. But she did confess that it was so. – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
  2. I confess I am curious to know how it came to England again, after Forge took it again to the Far East. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  3. I felt obliged to confess that it was not more than two hundred dollars. – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  4. I took the money, and I am ashamed to confess it. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  5. I could not make up my mind what I ought to do; but I so much wanted to confess myself wrong, and ask you to forgive me. – Footsteps of Fate by Louis Couperus
  6. I confess I wish that it were all over. – Cinq Mars, Complete by Alfred de Vigny Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  7. There is nothing to forgive, as you will some day confess. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. I will confess that up to the moment. – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
  9. Is Mr. Simpkins really out, or is he simply in bed and ashamed to confess it? – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  10. Well, I confess I cannot make it out- at present, he said; Vellacott has written to us only on business matters. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  11. " A grand arrangement, I must confess," said Carrie, when she heard of it. – 'Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
  12. I confess that I am pleased with you, sir. – The Land of the Changing Sun by William N. Harben
  13. Confess now, don't you feel a little better? – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  14. I'll confess that I did not intend to waste my breath in talking with you. – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  15. I may as well confess it now. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  16. Confess now, Esther, you are not a bit pleased about all this money! – Esther A Book for Girls by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  17. O Lord, I will go straight to them, and confess, and ask them to forgive me! – Standards of Life and Service by T. H. Howard
  18. I got up at five o'clock this morning to finish it, and I must confess I am proud of it. – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
  19. He had to confess that he suggested the whole thing, and he is to go this morning. – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. Would I confess the truth to him myself? – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green