One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A priest who hears confessions and gives absolution and spiritual counsel.
- ‘The Queen had him licensed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as her father confessor.’
- ‘Unfortunately, she had not been four months in the monastery, when she fell in love with her father confessor.’
- ‘Mother Marie wants to rejoin them, but the Father Confessor in effect forbids her.’
- ‘The Jesuit Father, Caussin, was the father confessor of King Louis XIII.’
- ‘Shortly before the dissolution the Father Confessor of the nuns, Richard Reynolds, was executed for not accepting the King's supremacy.’
- ‘There are candles to be lit, and hassocks to kneel on, and a series of wooden cabinets each labelled with the name of a father confessor.’
- ‘In due course he too can be found employing an Augustinian father confessor.’
- ‘I told him that it was better to be honestly married than to continue to live as the priests, even our father confessors, wanted us to do.’
- ‘Nathella said, ‘I can take you to a father confessor this afternoon.’’
- 1.1 A person, typically an older man, to whom one confides private matters.‘he was growing tired of acting as the father confessor to every student’
- ‘To be a successful agent, you need to be a father confessor, able to empathise with players when necessary, but also able to dispense tough advice they don't want to hear.’
- ‘He became a infallible scientist, a friend, a father confessor and a confidant, by using truths, half-truths and outright falsehoods.’
- ‘He's a magnificent character - part poet, part intellectual, part cop, but also part father confessor.’
- ‘Budd has become the father confessor for hundreds of people who are convinced they have been abducted by aliens.’
- ‘I was, if I may say so, her father confessor in many ways.’
- ‘He wasn't their confidant or father confessor; he was their boss.’
- ‘As he makes me do another set of weights, standing by and offering me words of encouragement or reproach, his role is as drill sergeant, father confessor and friend.’
- ‘For many of the kids, he's their teacher, mentor, counsellor and father confessor.’
- ‘He acted as father confessor and sympathetic listener to most of the players and officials, and everyone knew and respected him.’
- ‘Small, dapper, and strident, he is a combination arrogant professor, soulful father confessor, and hysterical drill instructor.’
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