confess

confess
confess late 14c., from O.Fr. confesser (trans. and intrans.), from V.L. *confessare, from L. confess-, pp. stem of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak" (see FAME (Cf. fame)). Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. O.Fr. confesser thus had a figurative sense of "to harm, hurt, make suffer." Related: CONFESSED (Cf. Confessed); confessing. An O.E. word for it was andettan.

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  • Confess — Con*fess , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri to confess; con + fateri to confess; akin to fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.] 1. To make acknowledgment or avowal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confess — con·fess /kən fes/ vt: to admit (as a charge or allegation) as true, proven, or valid unless you answer, the petition shall be taken as confessed vi: to make a confession con·fes·sor /kən fe sər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • Confess — Con*fess , v. i. 1. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience. [1913 Webster] Every tongue shall confess to God. Rom. xiv. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede. [1913 Webster] But since… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confess — [kən fes′] vt. [ME confessen < OFr confesser < ML(Ec) * confessare < L confessus, pp. of confiteri, to acknowledge, confess < com , together + fateri, to acknowledge; akin to fari, to speak: see FAME] 1. a) to admit (a fault or crime) …   English World dictionary

  • confess to — To admit, acknowledge • • • Main Entry: ↑confess …   Useful english dictionary

  • confess — avow, *acknowledge, admit, own Analogous words: *grant, concede, allow: disclose, divulge, *reveal, discover: *declare, proclaim, publish Antonyms: renounce (one s beliefs, principles) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • confess — [v] admit, confirm acknowledge, affirm, allow, assert, attest, aver, avow, blow, blurt out, chirp, clue in, come clean*, come out, concede, confide, declare, disclose, divulge, dump on*, evince, finger*, fink*, grant, humble oneself, leak*, let… …   New thesaurus

  • confess — ► VERB 1) admit to a crime or wrongdoing. 2) acknowledge reluctantly. 3) declare one s sins formally to a priest. 4) (of a priest) hear the confession of. ORIGIN Old French confesser, from Latin confiteri acknowledge …   English terms dictionary

  • confess */*/ — UK [kənˈfes] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms confess : present tense I/you/we/they confess he/she/it confesses present participle confessing past tense confessed past participle confessed 1) a) to admit that you have committed a… …   English dictionary

  • confess — con|fess [kənˈfes] v [I and T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: confesser, from Latin confiteri to confess , from com ( COM ) + fateri to confess ] 1.) to admit, especially to the police, that you have done something wrong or illegal… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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