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 (kən-fē′tē-ər, -ôr′)
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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(kənˈfɪt iˌɔr)

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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References in classic literature ?
Confiteor!'' exclaimed, in a submissive tone, a voice near the King's side ``my Latin will carry me no farther but I confess my deadly treason, and pray leave to have absolution before I am led to execution!''
"Confiteor," said Caderousse, putting the diamond on his little finger; "I was mistaken; but those thieves of jewellers imitate so well that it is no longer worth while to rob a jeweller's shop -- it is another branch of industry paralyzed."
It was like the skinny lads from the orphanage at Lubeck reciting the Confiteor, banging their chests like little drums with their right fists: I have sinned, I have sinned ...
Every celebration of the Eucharist for Catholics begins with an invitation to renounce sin: "I confess to the Almighty God hellip" (the Confiteor).Lent is a season of intensified and sustained search for God's goodness and renunciation of evil.
The phrase comes from a prayer of confession of sinfulness, known as the Confiteor, used during mass.
How sincerely do we pray the Confiteor during our penitential act?
(Nonne tibi confiteor anima mea confessione veridica metiri me tempora.?)".
Michael in the Confiteor as a protection against evil.
A half-hour of music remains after the "Crucifixus," during which no flats ever appear, except at the end of the "Confiteor unum baptisma," when the structural plan of the "Crucifixus" (with respect to accidentals) replicates itself.
The Confiteor then paraphrases only the second half of the verse, at the text "cernit tristia, compatitur."