DEEn Dictionary De - En
DeEs De - Es
DePt De - Pt
 Vocabulary trainer

Spec. subjects Grammar Abbreviations Random search Preferences
Search in Sprachauswahl
Search for:
Mini search box
English Dictionary: Confess by the DICT Development Group
3 results for Confess
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
    Synonym(s): confess, squeal, fink
  2. admit (to a wrongdoing); "She confessed that she had taken the money"
    Synonym(s): concede, profess, confess
  3. confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Confess \Con*fess"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p.
      of confiteri to confess; con- + fateri to confess; akin to
      fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.]
      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.
                     And there confess Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.
                     I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful
                     prospect that none of them have mentioned.
      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.
      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.
      4. (Eccl.)
            (a) To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a
                  priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes
                  followed by the reflexive pronoun.
                           Our beautiful votary took an opportunity of
                           confessing herself to this celebrated father.
            (b) To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a
                           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.
                     Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mold.
      Syn: Admit; grant; concede; avow; own; assent; recognize;
               prove; exhibit; attest.
      Usage: {To Confess}, {Acknowledge}, {Avow}. Acknowledge is
                  opposed to conceal. We acknowledge what we feel must
                  or ought to be made known. (See {Acknowledge}.) Avow
                  is opposed to withhold. We avow when we make an open
                  and public declaration, as against obloquy or
                  opposition; as, to avow one's principles; to avow
                  one's participation in some act. Confess is opposed to
                  deny. We confess (in the ordinary sense of the word)
                  what we feel to have been wrong; as, to confess one's
                  errors or faults. We sometimes use confess and
                  acknowledge when there is no admission of our being in
                  the wrong; as, this, I confess, is my opinion; I
                  acknowledge I have always thought so; but in these
                  cases we mean simply to imply that others may perhaps
                  think us in the wrong, and hence we use the words by
                  way of deference to their opinions. It was in this way
                  that the early Christians were led to use the Latin
                  confiteor and confessio fidei to denote the public
                  declaration of their faith in Christianity; and hence
                  the corresponding use in English of the verb confess
                  and the noun confession.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Confess \Con*fess"\, 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.
      2. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.
                     But since (And I confess with right) you think me
                     bound.                                                --Tennyson.
No guarantee of accuracy or completeness!
©TU Chemnitz, 2006-2024
Your feedback:
Ad partners