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father confessor Line breaks: fa¦ther con|fes¦sor

Definition of father confessor in English:

noun

1A priest who hears confessions and gives absolution and spiritual counsel: the Father Confessor of the convent
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  • The Jesuit Father, Caussin, was the father confessor of King Louis XIII.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1A person, typically an older man, to whom one confides private matters: he is the chief policy adviser and father confessor to the prime minister
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  • 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 acted as father confessor and sympathetic listener to most of the players and officials, and everyone knew and respected him.

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