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confess

Definition of confess

Etymology

    From Middle English confessen from Anglo-Norman confesser from Old French confesser from Mediaeval Latin confessāre, a derivative of Latin confessus (Old French confes), past participle of confitērī "to confess, admit" from con- + fatērī "to admit". Displaced Middle English andetten "to confess, admit" (from Old English andettan).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /kənˈfɛs/, SAMPA: /k@n"fEs/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Verb

to confess (third-person singular simple present confesses, present participle confessing, simple past and past participle confessed)

  1. To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed
  2. To disclose or reveal

    People confess to anything under torture.

Derived terms

References:

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