confessor

2 definitions found

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

Confessor \Con*fess"or\ (?; 277), noun [OF. confessor, F. confesseur, fr. L. & LL. confessor.]

1. One who confesses; one who acknowledges a fault, or the truth of a charge, at the risk of suffering; specifically, one who confesses himself a follower of Christ and endures persecution for his faith.

He who dies for religion is a martyr; he who suffers for it is a confessor. --Latham.

Our religion which hath been sealed with the blood of so many martyrs and confessors. --Bacon.

2. A priest who hears the confessions of others and is authorized to grant them absolution.

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

confessor

noun

1: a priest who hears confession and gives absolution

2: someone who confesses (discloses information damaging to themselves)


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