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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. 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.
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in Korean 고백…
in Arabic اعْتِراف…
in Portuguese confissão…
in Catalan confessió…
in Japanese 告白, 自白…
in Italian confessione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 坦白, 供認,招認, 承認…
in Russian признание, исповедь…
in Turkish itiraf, günah çıkarma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坦白, 供认,招认, 承认…
in Polish przyznanie się, spowiedź…
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