Definition of confirmation in English:


Line breaks: con|firm|ation
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.
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.
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  • 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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