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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."
I've checked it with enough Confiteors every Sunday to know that forgiveness, the giving and the getting of it, is the one-stop-shop item that can get me where I need to go.