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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·fes·sion /kənˈfɛʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·fes·sion n.
 1. Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime.
 With a crafty madness keeps aloof,
 When we would bring him on to some confession
 Of his true state.   --Shak.
 2. Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
    With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   --Rom. x. 10.
 3. Eccl. The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution.
    Auricular confession . . . or the private and special confession of sins to a priest for the purpose of obtaining his absolution.   --Hallam.
 4. A formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.
 5. Law An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudical confession may be explained or rebutted.
 Confession and avoidance Law, a mode of pleading in which the party confesses the facts as stated by his adversary, but alleges some new matter by way of avoiding the legal effect claimed for them.
 Confession of faith, a formulary containing the articles of faith; a creed.
 General confession, the confession of sins made by a number of persons in common, as in public prayer.
 Westminster Confession. See Westminster Assembly, under Assembly.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an admission of misdeeds or faults
      2: a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by
         the guilty party
      3: (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his
         sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in
         the hope of absolution
      4: a public declaration of your faith
      5: a document that spells out the belief system of a given
         church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (1) An open profession of faith (Luke 12:8). (2.) An
    acknowledment of sins to God (Lev. 16:21; Ezra 9:5-15; Dan.
    9:3-12), and to a neighbour whom we have wronged (James 5:16;
    Matt. 18:15).