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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.
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Quotes of confess

  1. It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality. – Max Beerbohm
  2. Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself. – Fanny Brice
  3. The sinner will not confess nor will the priest receive his confession, if the veil of secrecy is removed. – DeWitt Clinton
  4. I confess that for fifteen years my efforts in education, and my hopes of success in establishing a system of national education, have always been associated with the idea of coupling the education of this country with the religious communities which exist. – Richard Cobden
  5. If I'm gonna go down I'm gonna do it with style. You won't hear me surrender, you won't hear me confess cause you've left me with nothing but I have worked with less. – Ani DiFranco
  6. It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury. – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  7. I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers who take themselves seriously- and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer. – Jonathan Franzen
  8. The Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has just published the story of her life. I confess that it is not in my reading table. – Mick Jagger
  9. I must confess that, at that time, I had absolutely no knowledge of the slowness of the relaxation processes in the ground state, processes which take place in collisions with the wall or with the molecules of a foreign gas. – Alfred Kastler
  10. Unanimously we will confess and pledge ourselves to stand behind the Fuehrer and his movement today and forever and thereby to be of service to the idea of eternal Germany. – Gustav Krupp
  11. It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature. – Lord Melbourne
  12. I confess that Roy was a little bit dictatorial in his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures, which he stopped doing later. He used to punch a hole through a negative. Some of them were incredibly valuable. He didn't understand at the time. – Ben Shahn
  13. As this is the first time I have had the floor, it may be well for me now to confess that I am in the habit of freely imputing errors to my fellow -men. – Gerrit Smith
  14. I must confess I took a couple or three jobs just for the money. – Jessica Walter

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

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