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confess to (someone or something)

1. To admit something. I don't think he has any intention of confessing to the crime. Everyone knows that you have a crush on Lauren, so you might as well just confess to it!
2. To admit something to someone. I don't think he has any intention of confessing to the police. Everyone knows that you have a crush on Lauren, so you might as well just confess to us!
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confess something to someone

 and confess to someone
to admit something to someone; to admit having done something to someone. Tom confessed his involvement to the boss. Max confessed to the police.
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confess to something

to admit having done something. He will not confess to the crime. In the end, Max confessed to it.
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confess to

v.
1. To admit to doing something: The kids confessed to eating all the ice cream. I will not confess to a crime I did not commit!
2. To admit something to someone: The thief confessed the crime to the police.
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Brandeis repeated the point, explaining that "It]he federal courts assumed, in the broad field of 'general law,' the power to declare rules of decision which Congress was confessedly without power to enact as statutes." (26)
(136) Second, the common theme running through the theories courts have admitted is that they are based upon "an experience confessedly foreign ...
(43) Confessedly, none of this community, or "com-unity," diminishes the historical and contemporary fact that distortional religions can also be conveyances for extreme sectarianism and divisive dogmatism.
The allegorist leaves the world of the given--his own passions--to talk of that which is confessedly less real, which is a fiction.
The volume, for example, gives us a mature Bunyan very sure of his place in two metaphysically unequal, conjugal worlds (one, seemingly, to be suffered with few companionable benefits of"real" value in a fleshly and legal here and now and the other to be enjoyed in the hereafter by way of eternal union with the heavenly Christ) and a younger Bunyan, the subject of a confessedly "speculative" psychoanalytical inquiry, who lacks all semblance of assurance and stability in troubling religious, political, military, and familial domains.
(48) As Raoul Berger states: "Since lawmaking confessedly needs to be based on an
The discussion of John Rist's Real Ethics, a work arguing for a revival of an unabashed Platonic-Augustinian moral realism, mainly focuses on how the volume could have been strengthened by a better use of Aristotle's natural philosophy and moral theory, and an even stronger theistic grounding for Rist's (confessedly unfashionable) ethical perspective.
The Wild happens to be being killed by a culture that has openly and confessedly intended to eradicate, eliminate the wild, to conquer, tame, subjugate and destroy it all eI a culture that is the active enemy of all life eI certainly of all self-willed eI wild life.
Confessedly, immunity is not clearly either a "mode of
This is usually implicit: in the judicial context, consider Justice Brandeis's famous formulation, which summarized various legal techniques for avoiding "unnecessary" constitutional questions and confrontations as rules the Court has "developed[] for its own governance in the cases confessedly within its jurisdiction." (94) Tim main thrust of Brandeis's discussion, and of some of Brandeis's later exegeses, is that the Court's institutional position and prestige benefit by avoiding showdowns.
When investigating a biblical text, confessedly Christian Old Testament scholars like myself can never be satisfied with having parsed Hebrew verbs, grasped the literary beauty of the narrative, felt the pathos of the psalmist, or appreciated the rhetoric of the prophets.
"We should labor in her [truth's] assistance," Simms says, "not by persuasive and specious doctrines, and fine flexible sayings, but simply by a firm adherence to what we know, and to what we think we have already gained." As yet, we have, confessedly, but partial glimmerings of her divine presence ...
Read from a confessedly Christian perspective, the Isaiah passage testifies to this same Great Reversal of human expectations and worldviews.
Callisthenes' interest too is confessedly sexual ('Eros scripted my role as bandit; Eros made me weave these artful wiles to get you.' 8,17,3), and the question we are invited to ask and attempt to answer is to what extent his abduction of Calligone was an aberration of youthful exuberance and whether his conversion into the perfect gentleman is genuine.
Agriculture, confessedly the largest interest of the nation, has, not a department, nor a bureau, but a clerkship only, assigned to it in the Government.