Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The generous "twinge of pain," to which she confesses, was intelligible.

Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.

It was all in vain, he confesses; he could not alter the convictions of the Empress.

He confesses his imperfections as a writer and public teacher.

He, wondering, confesses that he supposed her love was his enemy's, was Seyd's.

He confesses sadly that try as he might he could never learn orderliness.

"I do not tell anyone this before, Eddie," Hotlips confesses.

He confesses this in one of his home letters, perhaps with a sort of pride.

It is only Sinbad that confesses himself devoured with the lust of travel.

"If so, he confesses his defeat without the need of bloodshed," suggested Bradford.


late 14c., from Old French confesser (transitive and intransitive), from Vulgar Latin *confessare, from Latin confess-, past participle stem of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" (see com-) + fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).

Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. Old French confesser thus had a figurative sense of "to harm, hurt, make suffer." Related: Confessed; confessing. An Old English word for it was andettan.