Definition of confirmation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒnfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of confirming something or the state of being confirmed: high unemployment figures were further confirmation that the economy was in recession
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  • He received confirmation local authority houses were being built in Onion's Field.
  • But he did so some time after his department had received formal written confirmation of the fact.
  • We're waiting on official confirmation that she did indeed leave this route and it's incredible.
corroboration, verification, proof, testimony, endorsement, authentication, substantiation, justification, vindication, support, evidence
ratification, approval, authorization, validation, sanction, endorsement, formalization, certification, accreditation, recognition, acceptance;
agreement to, consent to
2(In the Christian Church) the rite at which a baptized person, especially one baptized as an infant, affirms Christian belief and is admitted as a full member of the Church: [count noun]: the kind of joy mixed with tears one finds at weddings and confirmations
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  • Members attend ritual events such as baptisms, confirmations, wedding ceremonies, and funerals and major religious events such as Christmas and Easter.
  • This will stop them inviting you to baptisms, communions, confirmations, funerals and possibly even weddings.
  • Local priests hold religious services and perform baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals.
2.1The Jewish ceremony of bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.
Example sentences
  • Liberal and Reform synagogues have abandoned their erstwhile preference for confirmation over Bar and Batmitzvah.
  • At the age of thirteen, he had a traditional Jewish confirmation which was soon followed by an interest in Catholicism.
  • The first time a Jewish confirmation was conducted seems to have been in the modern Jewish school in Dessau in 1803.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin confirmatio(n-), from confirmare 'make firm, establish' (see confirm).

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