- Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime."With a crafty madness keeps aloof, When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state." [Shak.]
- Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith."With the mouth confession is made unto salvation." [Rom. x. 10.]
- [Eccl] The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution."Auricular confession . . . or the private and special confession of sins to a priest for the purpose of obtaining his absolution." [Hallam.]
- A formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.
- [Law] An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may be explained or rebutted.
Etymology: F. confession, L. confessio