1. The act or process of confessing, as in telling one's life story as a series of failings or tribulations.
2. Something confessed, especially a disclosure of one's sins to a priest for absolution.
3. Confession In some Christian churches, the sacrament of Penance.
4. A statement made acknowledging guilt of an offense.
5. An avowal of belief in the doctrines of a particular faith; a creed.
6. A church or group of worshipers adhering to a specific creed.
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