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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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It was a custom introduced by this prince and his ministry (very different, as I have been assured, from the practice of former times,) that after the court had decreed any cruel execution, either to gratify the monarch's resentment, or the malice of a favourite, the emperor always made a speech to his whole council, expressing his great lenity and tenderness, as qualities known and confessed by all the world.
In bald words that may be true," Granet confessed, "yet I would remind you of two things.
Why, you said you'd keep me here until I confessed," returned Anne wearily, "and so I decided to confess because I was bound to get to the picnic.
The person to whom I addressed myself added that Justine had already confessed her guilt.
No, Justine," said Elizabeth; "he is more convinced of your innocence than I was, for even when he heard that you had confessed, he did not credit it.
One of them confessed afterwards that nothing else but the hopes of going a-roguing brought him to do it: however, the service they did us was not the less, and therefore, as I had promised to be grateful to them, I first ordered the money to be paid them which they said was due to them on board their respective ships: over and above that, I gave each of them a small sum of money in gold, which contented them very well.
Porfiry Petrovitch, please don't take up the notion that I have confessed to you to-day," Raskolnikov pronounced with sullen insistence.
KARACHI -- Former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain has confessed before judicial magistrate all the allegations levelled against him.
KARACHI -- The Rangers paramilitary force on Tuesday conducted a raid in Taiser town Karachi and arrested a notorious target killed who has confessed to the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Manzar Imam.
CINCINNATI -- A man in Iraqi custody has confessed to killing a U.
Cheaters who confessed just part of their wrongdoing were also judged more harshly by others than cheaters who didn't confess at all, according to five experiments involving 4,167 people from all over the United States.
Summary: A judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a defected Syrian colonel, who confessed that he was planning on forming a rebel group in north Lebanon to fight in Syria.
He also confessed that he participated in kidnapping 3 soldiers in the same area.
Reports say the father of woman surrender himself before the police along with his accomplice and confessed crime.
BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has confessed he has no idea how to use Twitter or Facebook and relies on an army of helpers when he goes online.