Definition of self-confessed in English:



  • attributive Having openly admitted to being a person with certain characteristics.

    ‘a self-confessed chocoholic’
    • ‘A self-confessed lover of all things British, Rose has already spent a year living in Bath after her degree where she worked in a stained glass art shop.’
    • ‘We are bound to assume that the self-confessed believer is utterly sincere.’
    • ‘She started drinking when she was 13 or 14, and over the years it built up until she was a self-confessed alcoholic.’
    • ‘As a self-confessed, semi-anti-social loner, this sounds like heaven.’
    • ‘A self-confessed participator as opposed to spectator, I vowed to stop watching in awe and find out if it really is as easy as it looks on the TV.’
    • ‘Mitchell Wan is one of this rare breed of self-confessed yo-yo fanatics.’
    • ‘This has not stopped him from becoming a self-confessed reggae freak.’
    • ‘Nicholls, a self-confessed opportunist, says it is all about exploiting the right opportunities when they come along.’
    • ‘Many senior detectives had been fearful the self-confessed drugs dealer was somehow going to thwart justice.’
    • ‘What better job for a self-confessed chocoholic than making chocolates?’
    • ‘Volunteers at the charity are self-confessed scavengers, regularly on the prowl for offcuts no longer needed by factories and offices.’
    • ‘Of the first 80 people they arrested, 76 were self-confessed drug addicts.’
    • ‘The self-confessed music lover, who has been studying it formally since he was a teenager, cannot sing enough about love.’
    • ‘He is a self-confessed loner with, he admits, a strong streak of indiscipline.’
    • ‘In 1997, the self-confessed computer nerd began sending copies of video recordings of each of his games to a Los Angeles company.’
    • ‘For a self-confessed control freak like Thorpe, preparation is everything.’
    • ‘One of modern art's most fascinating figures, Salvador Dali was a self-confessed genius who took surrealism to startling extremes.’
    • ‘A self-confessed thrill seeker, the 35-year-old's latest penchant is motor racing.’
    • ‘Yardley - a self-confessed smoker - does not think this is either fair or reasonable.’
    • ‘The self-confessed drug addict admitted possessing heroin with intent, but claimed that he was only looking after it for another person.’
    recognized, well known, widely known, generally known, publicly known, noted, celebrated, notable, notorious
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/ˈˌsɛlf kənˈfɛst//ˈˌself kənˈfest/