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noun     confession pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a spoken or written statement in which you admit that you have committed a crime

    Higgs later made a full confession to the police.

  2. 2
    [countable] a statement about yourself that you would not normally make because you are embarrassed about it or because people could be disappointed by it

    His speech was seen as a confession of weakness.

    make a confession:

    I have a confession to make – I forgot your present.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a statement that you make to a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, in which you say what bad things you have done and ask to be forgiven
  4. 4
    [countable] an official statement about what religious beliefs you have

    a confession of faith



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