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confessor


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confessor  \Con*fess"or\  (?;  277),  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confessor 
  n  1:  a  priest  who  hears  confession  and  gives  absolution 
  2:  someone  who  confesses  (discloses  information  damaging  to 
  themselves) 




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