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Synonyms for confess
kənˈfɛscon·fess

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English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 1 vote

  1. confess

    We accept another's statement; admit any point made against us; acknowledge what we have said or done, good or bad; avow our individual beliefs or feelings; certify to facts within our knowledge; confess our own faults; endorse a friend's note or statement; grant a request; own our faults or obligations; recognize lawful authority; concede a claim. Confess has a high and sacred use in the religious sense; as, to confess Christ before men. It may have also a playful sense (often with to); as, one confesses to a weakness for confectionery. The chief present use of the word, however, is in the sense of making known to others one's own wrong-doing; in this sense confess is stronger than acknowledge or admit, and more specific than own; a person admits a mistake; acknowledges a fault; confesses sin or crime. Compare APOLOGY; AVOW.

    Synonyms:
    accept, acknowledge, admit, allow, avow, certify, concede, disclose, endorse, grant, own, recognize

    Antonyms:
    cloak, conceal, cover, deny, disavow, disguise, disown, dissemble, dissimulate, hide, mask, repudiate, screen, secrete, veil

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. confess

    Synonyms:
    avow, aver, own, reveal, disclose, acknowledge

    Antonyms:
    disaver, disavow, suppress, silentiate, deny

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 5 votes

  1. confess, squeal, finkverb

    confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure

    Synonyms:
    oink, scab, fink, squeal, concede, profess, blackleg, rat

  2. concede, profess, confessverb

    admit (to a wrongdoing)

    "She confessed that she had taken the money"

    Synonyms:
    yield, cede, pretend, grant, concede, profess, fink, squeal

  3. confessverb

    confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith

    Synonyms:
    fink, concede, squeal, profess

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. confessverb

    Synonyms:
    acknowledge (as a crime or fault), own, avow

  2. confessverb

    Synonyms:
    admit, grant, concede, recognize

  3. confessverb

    Synonyms:
    attest, prove, show, exhibit, manifest, be proof of

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. confessverb

    Synonyms:
    acknowledge, own, admit, avow, divulge, disclose, reveal

PPDB, the paraphrase database2.0 / 1 vote

  1. List of paraphrases for "confess":

    admit, recognise, acknowledge, confession, say, recognize

Suggested Resources

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How to use confess in a sentence?

  1. Esteban Touma:

    As a language teacher, it’s always interesting to see that some of these terms are usually new colloquialisms, or are rooted or borrowed from another language, as a non-native speaker, I must confess it’s fun to see English speakers stumbling a bit for a change.

  2. Jim Bob:

    We felt it was an important step for Josh to confess to the police.

  3. Epictetus:

    There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.

  4. Mac Thornberry:

    I confess I don't fully understand the administration's take on this at this point, it is not a question to me of economics, it is a question of security.

  5. Mark Harris:

    You can not be in that land, as powerful and as moving as it is, without realizing the incredible tension that is constantly in that land between the Palestinians and the Jews, there will never be peace in Jerusalem until the day comes that every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Jesus Christ.


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