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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confession  \Con*fes"sion\,  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confession 
  n  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 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Confession 
  (1)  An  open  profession  of  faith  (Luke  12:8).  (2.)  An 
  acknowledment  of  sins  to  God  (Lev.  16:21;  Ezra  9:5-15;  Dan. 
  9:3-12),  and  to  a  neighbour  whom  we  have  wronged  (James  5:16; 
  Matt.  18:15). 
 




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