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to recognize, often reluctantly, the reality or truth of

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confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure

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admit (to a wrongdoing)

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

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You confess to having seen the ram which Beelzebub causes to appear in the clouds to call together the witches' sabbath, and which is beheld by socerers alone?
You confess to having adored the heads of Bophomet, those abominable idols of the Templars?
Lastly, you avow and confess to having, with the aid of the demon, and of the phantom vulgarly known as the surly monk, on the night of the twenty-ninth of March last, murdered and assassinated a captain named Phoebus de Châteaupers?
Of course, it wasn't right for you to confess to a thing you hadn't done--it was very wrong to do so.
You stood the torture and refused to confess; which shows plain enough to even the dull- est understanding that you had nothing to confess --"
Dear lord, I begged him on my knees to confess, but --"
I was startled, I confess, by the alteration in his manners this morning;--he did not speak like himself, and did not return your kindness with any cordiality.
The essential point is that without seeing her you must believe, confess, affirm, swear, and defend it; else ye have to do with me in battle, ill-conditioned, arrogant rabble that ye are; and come ye on, one by one as the order of knighthood requires, or all together as is the custom and vile usage of your breed, here do I bide and await you relying on the justice of the cause I maintain.
I must confess I travelled more pleasantly afterwards in the deserts and vast wildernesses of Grand Tartary than here, and yet the roads here are well paved and well kept, and very convenient for travellers; but nothing was more awkward to me than to see such a haughty, imperious, insolent people, in the midst of the grossest simplicity and ignorance; and my friend Father Simon and I used to be very merry upon these occasions, to see their beggarly pride.
I confess I was greatly surprised with this good news, and had scarce power to speak to him for some time; but at last I said to him, "How do you know this?
I have reason to believe that she appreciates the assurance, though I am bound in honesty to confess that with her the situation is a little less advanced than with the others.
I could not, I confess, help being pleased with what I ascribed to the motive of friendship, though it was carried to an excess, and all excess is faulty and vicious: but in this I made allowance for youth.
But confess that you would like to come to Paris, confess that you are dying with the wish to see Raoul again?
I am bound to do you justice--I am determined to confess the truth.
You have had a week to confess in, and you have not done it yet.