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English definition of “confession”

confession

noun [C or U]     /kənˈfeʃ.ən/
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
(Definition of confession noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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