Confessor vs Penitent - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between confessor and penitent

is that confessor is one who confesses faith in christianity in the face of persecution, but who is not martyred while penitent is one who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.

As a adjective penitent is

feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.

confessor

Alternative forms

* confessour (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • One who confesses faith in Christianity in the face of persecution, but who is not martyred.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 174:
  • Confessors provided the troubled Church with an alternative sort of authority based on their sufferings, particularly when arguments began about how and how much to forgive those Christians who had given way to imperial orders – the so-called ‘lapsed’.
  • One who confesses to having done something wrong.
  • (Roman Catholicism) A priest who hears confession and then gives absolution
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    penitent

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic) * (qualifier)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
  • * 1838 , , (The Anatomy of Melancholy) , B. Blake, p.730,
  • If thou be penitent and grieved, or desirous to be so, these heinous sins shall not be laid to thy charge.
  • * Milton
  • Be penitent , and for thy fault contrite.
  • Doing penance.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Synonyms

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    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.
  • One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
  • * 1837 , William Russell, The History of Modern Europe: with an Account of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , Longman, Rees, & Co., page 20,
  • Wamba, who defeated the Saracens in an attempt upon Spain, was deprived of the crown, because he had been clothed in the habit of a penitent , while labouring under the influence of poison, administered by the ambitious Erviga!
  • One under the direction of a confessor.
  • Synonyms

    * penaunt