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con·fes·sor / kənˈfesər/ • n. 1. / kōnˈfesər; ˈkänˌfesər; ˈkänfəˌsôr/ a priest who hears confessions and gives absolution and spiritual counsel. ∎  a person to whom another confides personal problems. 2. / kənˈfesər; ˈkänˌfesər/ a person who avows religious faith in the face of opposition, but does not suffer martyrdom. 3. / kənˈfesər/ a person who makes a confession.

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Confessor.
1. In the early church, a person who suffered for ‘confessing’ (i.e. maintaining) the faith but not to the point of martyrdom. After the time of persecutions, the term was extended to apply to those whose lives were manifestly holy (as Edward the Confessor, declared to be so in 1161).

2. A Christian priest who hears (private) confessions and administers the sacrament of penance.

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