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English definition of “confessional”


noun [C] uk   /kənˈfeʃ.ən.əl/ us  
a small structure like a box in a church, especially a Roman Catholic church, in which people can privately confess to a priestThe Roman Catholic ChurchChristian denominationsParts of religious buildings
(Definition of confessional from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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