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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh n-fes-er]
    • /kənˈfɛs ər/
    • /kənˈfes.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh n-fes-er]
    • /kənˈfɛs ər/

Definitions of confessor word

  • countable noun confessor A confessor is a priest who hears a person's confession. 3
  • countable noun confessor If you describe someone as your confessor, you mean that they are the person you can talk to about your secrets or problems. 3
  • noun confessor a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor 3
  • noun confessor a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom 3
  • noun confessor a person who makes a confession 3
  • noun confessor a person who confesses 3

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Origin of confessor

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English, Old English (in pl: confessores) < Late Latin; see confess, -tor

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Parts of speech for Confessor


confessor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for confessor

noun confessor

  • priest — a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and especially to make sacrificial offerings.
  • father confessor — confessor (def 2).
  • martyr — a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.
  • saint — any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, especially by canonization.
  • true believer — a person who has been thoroughly convinced of something.

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