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Topic: CRIME AND LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: confesser, from Latin confiteri 'to confess', from com- ( COM-) + fateri 'to confess'

confess

verb
     
con‧fess [intransitive and transitive]
1SC to admit, especially to the police, that you have done something wrong or illegal [↪ confession]
confess to (doing) something
Edwards confessed to being a spy for the KGB.
Occasionally people confess to crimes they haven't committed just to get attention.
confess (that)
My husband confessed he'd been having an affair with a woman in his office.
Torture was used and Fian confessed.
2 to admit something that you feel embarrassed about [↪ confession]
confess (that)
Marsha confessed that she didn't really know how to work the computer.
confess to (doing) something
He confessed to having a secret admiration for his opponent.
I (have to/must) confess (=used when admitting something you feel slightly embarrassed about)
I must confess I don't visit my parents as often as I should.
3RRC to tell a priest or God about the wrong things you have done so that you can be forgiven [↪ confession]:
He knelt and confessed his sin.
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