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  • the open admittance of having done something (especially: something bad)
         Without the real murderer's confession, an innocent person will go to jail.
  • (Roman Catholic church) the disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution. Now termed the sacrament of reconciliation.
         I went to confession and now I feel much better about what I had done.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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.

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.

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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