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A prayer in which confession of sins is made.
[Latin Cōnfiteor, I confess, the first word of the prayer, first person sing. present tense of confitērī, to acknowledge; see confess.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a prayer consisting of a general confession of sinfulness and an entreaty for forgiveness
[C13: from Latin: I confess; from the beginning of the Latin prayer of confession]
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a prayer in the form of a general confession said esp. at the beginning of the Roman Catholic mass.
[1150–1200; Middle English; after first word of Latin prayer: I confess]
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