confession

A confession is an admission of guilt, fault, or a mistake.

You’ve probably seen TV shows or movies where a detective says to a suspect "Confess!" The detective is trying to get a confession, which is a statement that admits some type of guilt. "I killed the mayor!" is a confession. "I forgot your birthday" is a confession. In some religions, confession is a sacrament where people admit their sins and seek forgiveness. When people have something painful to admit, they often start by saying, "I have a confession to make."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: confession

1
n
an admission of misdeeds or faults
2
n
a public declaration of your faith
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: confession
1

n an admission of misdeeds or faults

Types:
self-accusation, self-condemnation
an admission that you have failed to do or be something you know you should do or be
Type of:
admission
an acknowledgment of the truth of something

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

Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

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

Types:
shrift
the act of being shriven
Type of:
penance
a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution
2

n a public declaration of your faith

Type of:
declaration
a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)

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

Examples:
Augsburg Confession
the document drawn up in 1555 to defend the catholicity of Lutheran doctrine and to justify innovations in Lutheran practice; is still in effect today
Type of:
church doctrine, creed, gospel, religious doctrine
the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
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