Confession

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Confession \Con*fes"sion\, noun [F. confession, L. confessio.]

1. Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime.

With a crafty madness keeps aloof, When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state. --Shak.

2. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.

With the mouth confession is made unto salvation. --Rom. x. 10.

3. (Eccl.) The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution.

Auricular confession . . . or the private and special confession of sins to a priest for the purpose of obtaining his absolution. --Hallam.

4. A formulary 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.

5. (Law) An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may be explained or rebutted. --Wharton.

{Confession and avoidance} (Law), a mode of pleading in which the party confesses the facts as stated by his adversary, but alleges some new matter by way of avoiding the legal effect claimed for them. --Mozley & W.

{Confession of faith}, a formulary containing the articles of faith; a creed.

{General confession}, the confession of sins made by a number of persons in common, as in public prayer.

{Westminster Confession}. See {Westminster Assembly}, under {Assembly}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

confession

noun

1: an admission of misdeeds or faults

2: a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party

3: (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution

4: a public declaration of your faith

5: the document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century)


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