- vt. 承认；坦白；忏悔；供认
- vi. 承认；坦白；忏悔；供认
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con-, 强调。-fess, 说，交谈，词源同phone, profess.
- confess:  Confess comes from Latin confitērī ‘acknowledge’. This was a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com- and fatērī ‘admit’ (a relative of English fable, fame, and fate). Its past participle was confessus, and this was taken as the basis of a new Vulgar Latin verb *confessāre, which passed into English via Old French confesser.
=> fable, fame, fate
- confess (v.)
- late 14c., from Old French confesser (transitive and intransitive), from Vulgar Latin *confessare, from Latin confess-, past participle stem of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" (see com-) + fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (see fame (n.)).
Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. Old French confesser thus had a figurative sense of "to harm, hurt, make suffer." Related: Confessed; confessing. An Old English word for it was andettan.
- 1. You just go to the church and confess your sins.
- 2. Let us now confess our sins to Almighty God.
- 3. I must confess I'm not a great enthusiast for long political programmes.
- 4. Right off I want to confess that I was wrong.
- 5. Most rape victims confess a feeling of helplessness.
[ confess 造句 ]