3 an acknowledgment or declaration, esp. of one's faults, misdeeds, or crimes
4 (Christianity, chiefly R.C. Church) the act of a penitent accusing himself of his sins
confession of faith a formal public avowal of religious beliefs
6 a religious denomination or sect united by a common system of beliefs
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acknowledgment, admission, avowal, disclosure, divulgence, exposure, revelation, unbosoming
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