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Related to confessor: Edward the Confessor, father confessor

con·fes·sor

 (kən-fĕs′ər)
n.
1. One who confesses.
2. One who confesses faith in Christianity in the face of persecution but does not suffer martyrdom.
3.
a. A priest who hears confession and gives absolution.
b. A priest who is one's spiritual mentor.

confessor

(kənˈfɛsə)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity chiefly RC Church a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) history a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
3. a person who makes a confession

con•fes•sor

(kənˈfɛs ər)

n.
1. a person who confesses.
2. a priest authorized to hear confessions.
3. a male saint who suffered persecution but not martyrdom.
[before 1000; (in pl: confessores) < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confessor - a priest who hears confession and gives absolutionconfessor - a priest who hears confession and gives absolution
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
2.confessor - someone who confesses (discloses information damaging to themselves)
communicator - a person who communicates with others

confessor

noun
One in whom secrets are confided:
Translations
الكاهِن المُعرِّف
zpovědníkzpovědnice
skriftefader
gyóntató
skriftaprestur
spovedník
günah çıkaran papaz

confessor

[kənˈfesəʳ] N (Rel) (= priest) → confesor m; (= adviser) → director m espiritual

confessor

[kənˈfɛsər] nconfesseur m

confessor

n
(Eccl) → Beichtvater m
Edward the ConfessorEdward der Bekenner

confessor

[kənˈfɛsəʳ] nconfessore m

confess

(kənˈfes) verb
to make known that one is guilty, wrong etc; to admit. He confessed (to the crime); He confessed that he had broken the vase; It was stupid of me, I confess.
conˈfession (-ʃən) noun
1. acknowledgment of a crime or fault. The youth made a confession to the police officer.
2. (an) act of confessing one's sins to a priest. She went to confession every Friday.
conˈfessional (-ʃə-) noun
the seat etc where a priest sits when hearing confessions.
conˈfessor noun
a priest who hears confessions.
References in classic literature ?
To be sure that about not letting my nails grow, and marrying again if I have the chance, will not slip out of my head; but all that other hash, muddle, and jumble- I don't and can't recollect any more of it than of last year's clouds; so it must be given me in writing; for though I can't either read or write, I'll give it to my confessor, to drive it into me and remind me of it whenever it is necessary.
The palmer whispered to them, as though offering last words of consolation; and the three men, with arms bound tightly behind their backs, ascended the scaffold, followed by their confessor.
A confessor had, for the last three years, directed Mademoiselle Cormon rather stupidly in the path of maceration; he advised the use of scourging, which, if modern medical science is to be believed, produces an effect quite the contrary to that expected by the worthy priest, whose hygienic knowledge was not extensive.
But be assured, my dear Monsieur D'Artagnan, that if I had obtained them from any other source, or if they had been confided to me, there exists no confessor more discreet than myself.
Each of them, from time to time, kissed the crucifix a confessor held out to them.
Well," said Raoul, "the poor man will get his priest, but, by Heaven, the penitent appears to me to have a better conscience than the confessor.
We take a less gloomy view of our errors now our father confessor listens to us over his egg and coffee.
Sylvie was gentle in manners, intelligent in mind; she was even sincere, as far as her religion would permit her to be so, but her physical organization was defective; weak health stunted her growth and chilled her spirits, and then, destined as she was for the cloister, her whole soul was warped to a conventual bias, and in the tame, trained subjection of her manner, one read that she had already prepared herself for her future course of life, by giving up her independence of thought and action into the hands of some despotic confessor.
Wolfert had long been sorely oppressed in mind by the golden secret, and as a family physician is a kind of father confessor, he was glad of any opportunity of unburdening himself.
Besides, you are my other confessor -- and what I have to say to one the other may hear.
The old lady liked her, and offered her her living and six hundred francs a year; but Noemie discovered that she passed her life in her arm-chair and had only two visitors, her confessor and her nephew: the confessor very strict, and the nephew a man of fifty, with a broken nose and a government clerkship of two thousand francs.
The next night there happened a similar accident with a similar result; and then the next -- and then again the next; so that, in the end, the good monarch, having been unavoidably deprived of all opportunity to keep his vow during a period of no less than one thousand and one nights, either forgets it altogether by the expiration of this time, or gets himself absolved of it in the regular way, or (what is more probable) breaks it outright, as well as the head of his father confessor.