Meaning of confession

con•fes•sion

Pronunciation: (kun-fesh'un), [key]
— n.
  1. acknowledgment; avowal; admission: a confession of incompetence.
  2. acknowledgment or disclosure of sin or sinfulness, esp. to a priest to obtain absolution.
  3. something that is confessed.
  4. a formal, usually written, acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime.
  5. Also calleda formal profession of belief and acceptance of doctrines, as before being admitted to church membership.
  6. the tomb of a martyr or confessor or the altar or shrine connected with it.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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