You use confessed to describe someone who openly admits that they have a particular fault or have done something wrong.

James Earl Ray Jr has become notorious as the confessed killer of Martin Luther King.


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  • confessed — self acknowledged, 1560s, pp. adj. from CONFESS (Cf. confess) …   Etymology dictionary

  • confessed — confessedˈ or confestˈ adjective 1. Admitted 2. Avowed 3. Declared 4. Evident • • • Main Entry: ↑confess …   Useful english dictionary

  • Confessed — Confess Con*fess , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri to confess; con + fateri to confess; akin to fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.] 1. To make acknowledgment or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confessed — con|fessed [kənˈfest] adj [only before noun] having admitted publicly that you have done something ▪ a confessed criminal →↑self confessed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • confessed — adjective (only before noun) having admitted publicly that you have done something: a confessed criminal see also: self confessed confessedly / fesifidli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • confessed — con|fessed [ kən fest ] adjective only before noun admitting that you have done something or that you are a particular type of person: a confessed workaholic/romantic/murderer/thief …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • confessed — un·confessed; …   English syllables

  • confessed — UK [kənˈfest] / US adjective [only before noun] admitting that you have done something or that you are a particular type of person a confessed workaholic/romantic/thief …   English dictionary

  • confessed — Synonyms and related words: accepted, acknowledged, admitted, affirmed, allowed, approved, authenticated, avowed, certified, conceded, confirmed, countersigned, endorsed, granted, notarized, professed, ratified, received, recognized, sealed,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • confessed — con·fess || kÉ™n fes v. admit (guilt, etc.); declare faith in; tell one s sins to a priest …   English contemporary dictionary

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