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father confessor

n.
1. A priest who hears confessions.
2. A person in whom one confides.
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father confessor

n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a priest who hears confessions and advises on religious or moral matters
2. any person to whom one tells private matters
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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]
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father confessor

n (Rel) → padre confessore (fig) → refugium peccatorum m inv
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Besides, a father confessor should be elderly, it is not at all the role for a young man.
If you should need a father confessor, madame" --she started ever so slightly--"remember, Papa Poirot is always at your service."
We take a less gloomy view of our errors now our father confessor listens to us over his egg and coffee.
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. At all events, Scheherazade, who, being lineally descended from Eve, fell heir, perhaps, to the whole seven baskets of talk, which the latter lady, we all know, picked up from under the trees in the garden of Eden-Scheherazade, I say, finally triumphed, and the tariff upon beauty was repealed.
I felt humble and contrite, and was aware of a sweet feeling that Ernest was a sort of father confessor. Then, as ever after, his strength appealed to me.
"But I am not a father confessor; I shall come and go away; I've plenty to do besides looking after them."
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.
Under the burden of the Ghost's dread command, however, Hamlet departs from the role of a conventional Christian father confessor because the revenge narrative leads him to base his determination of the moral state of others not on divine law, but on his conscience's judgment of their involvement in King Hamlet's murder.
Christian Marc Paul contributed an attractive Marquis de la Force, Christophe Berry a moving Father Confessor and Andre Heyboer a great jailer.
Staupitz for a long time had been characterized as the superior and father confessor of Martin Luther.
Then our national political deity, Father Confessor Anthony, gravely unleashed the general election campaign -- although mindful to appear benevolent by occasionally flashing his pearly gnashers.
For those who celebrate the sexual revolution, the doctor was the ultimate father confessor, listening patiently to the nation's sex history, then improving on absolution by declaring that almost none of it was a sin after all.