Definition of negative confession in US English:

negative confession

noun

  • 1(With capital initials) a statement of principles of the Church of Scotland drawn up by John Craig in 1581, incorporated in the National Covenant of that year and in subsequent National Covenants, especially that of 1638, and characterized by the rejection of all doctrine not in accord with the Scottish Confession of 1560 (now historical); = King's Confession.

  • 2The part of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead in which the deceased lists the wrongs he or she has not committed.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Hamilton.