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1 confess

Confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure.

synonyms: fink, squeal.

Roget 529: disclose, discover, dismask; draw the veil, draw aside the veil, lift the veil, raise the veil, lift up the veil, remove the veil, tear aside the veil, tear the curtain; unmask, unveil, unfold, ... show more

Roget 950: repent, be sorry for; be penitent etc. adj.; rue; regret etc. 833; think better of; recant etc. 607; knock under ... show more

Roget 998: perform service [ritual actions of clergy], do duty, minister, officiate, baptize, dip, sprinkle; anoint, confirm, lay hands on; give the sacrament, administer the sacrament; ... show more

2 confess

Admit (to a wrongdoing):
— She confessed that she had taken the money.

synonyms: concede, profess.

Roget 488: assent; give assent, yield assent, nod assent; acquiesce; agree etc. 23; receive, accept, accede, accord, concur, lend oneself to, ... show more

Dutch: bekennen

3 confess

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

Moby thesaurus: absolve, accept, account for, accredit with, accrete to, acknowledge, administer absolution, administer extreme unction, admit, admit everything, affirm, agree provisionally, allow, apply to, ascribe to, assent grudgingly, assert, asseverate, assign to, attach to ... show more.

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