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confess

  

      vb   when tr, may take a clause as object  
1    when intr, often foll by: to   to make an acknowledgment or admission (of faults, misdeeds, crimes, etc.)  
2    tr   to admit or grant to be true; concede  
3      (Christianity, chiefly R.C. Church)   to declare (one's sins) to God or to a priest as his representative, so as to obtain pardon and absolution  
     (C14: from Old French confesser, from Late Latin confessare, from Latin confessus confessed, from confiteri to admit, from fateri to acknowledge; related to Latin fari to speak)  
  confessable      adj  
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confess

  
1    acknowledge, admit, allow, blurt out, come clean     (informal)   come out of the closet, concede, confide, disclose, divulge, 'fess up     (U.S.)   get (something) off one's chest     (informal)   grant, make a clean breast of, own, own up, recognize, sing     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   spill one's guts     (slang)  
2    affirm, assert, attest, aver, confirm, declare, evince, manifest, profess, prove, reveal  
  
Antonyms     
   button one's lips, conceal, cover, deny, hide, hush up, keep mum, keep secret, keep under wraps, repudiate, suppress, withhold  

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