Con*fess"or [OF. confessor, F. confesseur, fr. L. & LL. confessor.]

1.

One who confesses; one who acknowledges a fault, or the truth of a charge, at the risk of suffering; specifically, one who confesses himself a follower of Christ and endures persecution for his faith.

He who dies for religion is a martyr; he who suffers for it is a confessor. Latham.

Our religion which hath been sealed with the blood of so many martyrs and confessors. Bacon.

2.

A priest who hears the confessions of others and is authorized to grant them absolution.

 

© Webster 1913.

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