Synonyms for confessor

Grammar : Noun
Spell : kuh n-fes-er
Phonetic Transcription : kənˈfɛs ər

Définition of confessor

Origin :
  • late Old English, "one who avows his religion," especially in the face of danger, but does not suffer martyrdom, from Latin confessor, agent noun from confiteri (see confess). Meaning "one who hears confessions" is from mid-14c.; this properly would be Latin confessarius, but Latin confessor was being used in this sense from the 9th century.
  • Edward the Confessor (c.1003-1066, canonized 1161), last Anglo-Saxon king, was pious enough but does not seem to fit his title; perhaps so called to distinguish him from another Anglo-Saxon saint/king, Edward the Martyr, who does fit his.
  • noun a priest who hears confessions
  • noun one who professes his or her faith in spite of persecution
Example sentences :
  • A confessor was sent for, and he bequeathed his kingdom to his son Henry.
  • Extract from : « Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II » by Charlotte Mary Yonge
  • Meanwhile, the confessor had gained the palace of the Duke d' Uzeda.
  • Extract from : « Calderon The Courtier » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But for myself and the king's confessor, Philip would consent to thy ruin.
  • Extract from : « Calderon The Courtier » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In doing this she felt a peculiar inclination for her confessor.
  • Extract from : « The Sexual Question » by August Forel
  • In his view, God and the church are a sort of concrete centred in the confessor.
  • Extract from : « Roman Catholicism in Spain » by Anonymous
  • About midnight he called to his wife, and told her to send quickly for his confessor.
  • Extract from : « The Phantom World » by Augustin Calmet
  • I suppose a poor girl may receive her confessor in her chamber.
  • Extract from : « The Daltons, Volume II (of II) » by Charles James Lever
  • If such is the case, your confessor gives you permission to be seated.
  • Extract from : « The Memoires of Casanova, Complete » by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • “Pardon; but it is your words I have most interest in,” reminded her confessor.
  • Extract from : « The Bondwoman » by Marah Ellis Ryan
  • My confessor, who had been dissatisfied with me before, came to see me.
  • Extract from : « The Autobiography of Madame Guyon » by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

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