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confess

v. in criminal law, to voluntarily state that one is guilty of a criminal offense. This admission may be made to a law enforcement officer or in court either prior to or upon arrest, or after the person is charged with a specific crime. A confession must be truly voluntary (not forced by threat, torture, or trickery) and cannot be admitted in trial unless the defendant has been given the so-called Miranda warnings at the time of arrest or when it is clear he/she is the prime suspect, all based on the 5th Amendment prohibition against self-incrimination. The Miranda warnings are: the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present and that one can be appointed, and that his/her statements may be used against the defendant in court. (See: confession, Miranda warning, self-incrimination, Bill of Rights)

confess

verb acknowledge, acknowledge one's guilt, admit, admit guilt, bare, come forth, concede, declare, disburden one's conscience, disclose, divulge, expose, fateri, give evidence, inculpate, lay open, make a confession, make solemn affirmation, own up, purge oneself, reveal, tell all, turn state's evidence, utter, yield
Associated concepts: confess guilt, confess judgment, conness participation
Foreign phrases: Qui tacet non utique fatetur, sed tamen verum est eum non negare.He who is silent does not conness, but it is nevertheless true that he does not deny.
See also: acknowledge, admit, attest, avow, bare, betray, certify, concede, disclose, inform, recognize, reveal, verify
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In January Bhola backtracked on his confessional statement, saying he was put under pressure by a video made of his son.
Maintaining the confessional structure, with male or female priests/bishops, maintains clericalism and subjugation.
While Gunn has never been labelled as post-confessional or confessional, his life story might have provided more than adequate subject matter for the confessional poems he chose not to write: when Gunn was fifteen, his mother committed suicide.
when Nehemiah and Ezra literally constituted the community of YHWH in Jerusalem" as a confessional community (p.
Yet it was also a result of external, nonreligious factors: both sides--the Polish and the Russian--exerted political pressure in order to shape new confessional identities as markers of political loyalty.
And there is no better justification for asserting such a sense of urgency than the Al-Qaeda brand of terrorism, being confessional in nature, and having been raised by the Syrian regime since the start of the peaceful protest movement as a justification for the ongoing implementation of a military solution.
He added that a confessional conflict would also lead to weakening the state and encourage attacks on the Army.
This link between ideological and geographical transgression, or movement, is key both to Canetti's novel and as a previously unexplored aspect of confessional discourse that teases out the complexities of subjectivity when borders, and people, are in flux.
Speaking at an Amal memorial service in Burj Rahal town, the MP said the Lebanese must respect Taif accord which stipulated that the elections should be based on provinces, urging all parties in the country to rise above narrow confessional and sectarian interests in order to prevent the fragmentation of the homeland.
THE form of the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood couldn't be working out much better, with the victorious Ortensia and the runner-up Spirit Quartz going on to occupy the same two positions in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York three weeks later, and therefore fourth-placed Confessional holds attractive claims in the Listed Scarbrough Stakes (3.
Like the latter, Sex and the New Medieval Literature of Confession concentrates on the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but shifts focus from theological works to the apparently more utilitarian confessional manuals produced to guide confessors on appropriate dialogue with confessing parishioners.
Skinner's monograph examines confessional politics and tensions between the Uniates (Eastern-rite or Greek Catholics) and the Orthodox in the territories that today constitute Ukraine and Belarus.