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confession

noun [C or U] uk   /kənˈfeʃ.ən/ us  
B2 the act of admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal: I've got a confession to make - I've lost that book you lent me. I can't ask for help. It feels like a confession of failure. Confession is the first stage of coming to terms with what you've done. He made a full confession to the police.Admitting and confessing an occasion when a Christian tells God or, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, tells a priest formally and privately, what they have done wrong so that they can be forgiven: Have you been to confession recently? The priest heard his confession.Forgiveness in religionReligious practices
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