confess


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Synonyms for confess

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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I confess that I am partial to these wild fancies, which transcend the order of time and development.
I confess," replied Elinor, "that every circumstance except ONE is in favour of their engagement; but that ONE is the total silence of both on the subject, and with me it almost outweighs every other.
I confess, whether beautiful or plain,--not too plain,--women who earn their own living have a peculiar attraction for me.
How dare she confess my faults in the Recording Angel?
At last, I fixed upon a resolution, for which it is probable I may incur some censure, and not unjustly; for I confess I owe the preserving of mine eyes, and consequently my liberty, to my own great rashness and want of experience; because, if I had then known the nature of princes and ministers, which I have since observed in many other courts, and their methods of treating criminals less obnoxious than myself, I should, with great alacrity and readiness, have submitted to so easy a punishment.
Yet it was his duty to confess, to suffer public shame, and to make public atonement.
The traders halted at the sound of this language and the sight of the strange figure that uttered it, and from both figure and language at once guessed the craze of their owner; they wished, however, to learn quietly what was the object of this confession that was demanded of them, and one of them, who was rather fond of a joke and was very sharp-witted, said to him, "Sir Knight, we do not know who this good lady is that you speak of; show her to us, for, if she be of such beauty as you suggest, with all our hearts and without any pressure we will confess the truth that is on your part required of us.
My brother is one of the best of Squares, just, sensible, cheerful, and not without fraternal affection; yet I confess that my weekly interviews, at least in one respect, cause me the bitterest pain.
Ah, yes, Monsieur Commissary; yes, that is true, and I confess that I was in the wrong.
As a citizen, I may confess--I confess it freely--I have been guilty of certain shortcomings; yet those shortcomings have been combined with certain virtues.
I confess I am accustomed to priests of a very different appearance.
But confess that you would like to come to Paris, confess that you are dying with the wish to see Raoul again?
Now each visiter shall confess The sad valley's restlessness.
She is now fifty years old (she confesses to thirty-seven), and her daughters, whom she has never been able to marry, are respectively twenty-seven and twenty-three(they confess to twenty and to seventeen).
The first hope of anything better was derived from Lady Susan's asking her whether she thought Frederica looked quite as well as she had done at Churchhill, as she must confess herself to have sometimes an anxious doubt of London's perfectly agreeing with her.