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v. con·fessed, con·fess·ing, con·fess·es
1. To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
2. To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess: confess one's religion.
a. To make known (one's sins) to God or to a priest.
b. To hear the confession of (a penitent).
1. To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: The suspect confessed to the crime.
2. To disclose one's sins to a priest.

[Middle English confessen, from Old French confesser, from Vulgar Latin *cōnfessāre, from Latin cōnfitērī, cōnfess- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + fatērī, to admit; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

con·fess′a·ble adj.
con·fess′ed·ly (-ĭd-lē) adv.
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[kənˈfest] ADJdeclarado
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adj (= admitted) planzugegeben, erklärt, eingestanden; (= having confessed) criminalgeständig; (= self-confessed) revolutionaryerklärt; alcoholic, criminaleigenen Eingeständnisses, nach eigenen Angaben
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References in classic literature ?
"You'll not go to picnics nor anywhere else until you've confessed, Anne."
That was why I confessed. Punish me any way you like but that.
A thousand times rather would I have confessed myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine, but I was absent when it was committed, and such a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me.
The person to whom I addressed myself added that Justine had already confessed her guilt.
"In the several debates upon this impeachment, it must be confessed that his majesty gave many marks of his great lenity; often urging the services you had done him, and endeavouring to extenuate your crimes.
It was a custom introduced by this prince and his ministry (very different, as I have been assured, from the practice of former times,) that after the court had decreed any cruel execution, either to gratify the monarch's resentment, or the malice of a favourite, the emperor always made a speech to his whole council, expressing his great lenity and tenderness, as qualities known and confessed by all the world.
We often ate and drank with those men; and though I must confess the conversion, as they call it, of the Chinese to Christianity is so far from the true conversion required to bring heathen people to the faith of Christ, that it seems to amount to little more than letting them know the name of Christ, and say some prayers to the Virgin Mary and her Son, in a tongue which they understood not, and to cross themselves, and the like; yet it must be confessed that the religionists, whom we call missionaries, have a firm belief that these people will be saved, and that they are the instruments of it; and on this account they undergo not only the fatigue of the voyage, and the hazards of living in such places, but oftentimes death itself, and the most violent tortures, for the sake of this work.
One of them confessed afterwards that nothing else but the hopes of going a-roguing brought him to do it: however, the service they did us was not the less, and therefore, as I had promised to be grateful to them, I first ordered the money to be paid them which they said was due to them on board their respective ships: over and above that, I gave each of them a small sum of money in gold, which contented them very well.
"My friend," he confessed, "for a moment I was surprised.
"In bald words that may be true," Granet confessed, "yet I would remind you of two things.
As soon as he was found, Tom threw himself at his feet, and having begged a patient hearing, confessed himself to be the father of the child of which Molly was then big.
Then the People said: "Behold, this is an honest citizen!" And the Truly Good Man humbly confessed that it was so.