Definition of confessant in English:



  • A person who confesses to a priest; a penitent.

    • ‘Penance for these confessants, perhaps, will consist of visiting the mall during a sale without the means to buy anything.’
    • ‘In this case, the said confession was obtained during custodial investigation but the confessant was not assisted by counsel.’
    • ‘The preservation of privacy within trust and the successful work done by chaplains in inspiring self-revelation by confessants is not a complex process.’
    • ‘Catholic priests, he added, were also prohibited from granting absolution for a confessant's sins using text messaging, e-mail or by faxing the confessant.’
    • ‘Fiction might best be conceived in this scenario as a byproduct of our drive to sustain the link that gives us confidence in confession's non-fictionality, or rather, as a curious outgrowth of the discursive relationship between confessant and confessor.’
    • ‘How do we understand, not what is said between the confessor and confessant, but the dynamic that is produced between them?’
    • ‘While this bond structures the confession as a dialogue, it also encourages, and sometimes manipulates, the intimacy, dependence, and abjection of the confessant.’
    • ‘In other words, a site like group-hug, as a creditor-debtor forum, encourages role-play so that every confessant gets the chance to suffer and to embody ‘ideal phenomena’: juror, reader, priest, comrade.’
    • ‘Without in the least intending to, the church created the earliest model of the modern self with its id and unconscious (the secrets created by passion and hidden in shame), the ego of the confessant who is free to choose between self-revelation or concealment, and the superego, whether forgiving father confessor or the fire and steel of the Inquisition.’
    • ‘In this case he is surely right, but I am left wondering whether the factors in relationships between confessant and confessor that he so skillfully unpacks are felt equally in all types of those relationships.’
    • ‘The real man remains elusive, a confessant who never quite confesses, an apostate convert to the anti-war school who remains loyal to an American commitment gone wrong.’
    • ‘He examines the way in which the transferential bond that evolves out of the dependency between confessor and confessant is often used to manipulate the accused into confessing to scenarios that conform to the interrogators' preconceptions.’