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."

Definitions of confession
  1. noun
    an admission of misdeeds or faults
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    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
  2. noun
    a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
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    type of:
    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
  3. noun
    (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution
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    types:
    shrift
    the act of being shriven
    type of:
    penance
    a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution
  4. noun
    a public declaration of your faith
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    type of:
    declaration
    a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
  5. noun
    the document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century)
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    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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