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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Confessionalism (Eccl) An exaggerated estimate of the importance of giving full assent to any particular formula of the Christian faith.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confessionalism Devotion to the maintenance of a creed or church confession; the tendency to construct confessions or creeds.
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In literature:

If the father is very harsh in the confessional, many sacrileges may be feared.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
This communication is treated, as are all club matters, with the secrecy of the confessional.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
He might have been a priest after the confessional for all the expression his face wore.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
A few of the ladies were kneeling in silent prayer before the altars; others resorted to the confessionals.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I wonder if he always thought himself bound to respect the secrets of the confessional in Barty's case!
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
She compelled both generals and soldiers to attend regularly at confessional.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
It is a secret of the confessional, discovered to me by a woman.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Mrs. Cregan sat as if she were waiting for her turn to enter a confessional, her hands folded, her head dropped.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
Soon the confessional became a sort of sacred, idolized rendezvous for Germinie's thoughts.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
And with whom is the confessional chiefly conversant?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
The Presbyterians haven't set up a confessional, have they?
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The pulpits and confessionals were surrounded by swords and embroidery.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Do not fancy, dear lady, that it is behind the grating of the confessional only that we read men's secrets.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
He lost all consciousness as he knelt there, and fell heavily forward on the wood-work of the confessional.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
The Quebec schools are little more than branches of the confessional box.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
She believes that you are in the confessional with friend Silverius.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
Why are priests generally so inept in the confessional?
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
It is secret, but the secret is not mine, and can no more be disclosed than a secret of the confessional.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Their sermons were everywhere attended by multitudes, their confessionals were thronged.
"The New Conspiracy Against the Jesuits Detected and Briefly Exposed" by R. C. Dallas
He rose to see, and perceived in the adjacent chapel the doors of the confessional.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant

In poetry:

Love, one day, on mischief bent,
Vowed that he would play the friar.
I must be his penitent.
His confessional the briar.
"Love's Shriving" by Ethel Clifford
When at the dread Confessional,
Men trembled from their early youth,
Taught to fear, on pain of Hell,
To utter more or less than Truth.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
An hour -- and St. Mary's spires,
Like spikes of flame, no longer glow --
No longer the confessional fires
Shine redly on the drifted snow.
"A Legend Of St. Mary's" by Alice Cary
When the priest came down the altar steps,
He has pass'd through the abbey aisle;
He has mounted, alone, the stair of stone,
To the high Confessional !
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
This beauty but once had the Don descried
As she quit the confessional; followed;
"What a foot for silk! a face for a bride--
Hem--!" the rest Odora swallowed.
"At The Corregidor’s" by Madison Julius Cawein
Let Romanists all at Confessional kneel,
Let the Jew with disgust turn from it,
Let the mighty Crown Prelate in Church pander zeal,
Let the Mussulman worship Mahomet.
"My Religion" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

American Confessional There's more to this shopaholic than frivolity.
Writer-at-large Don Graham on Mary Karr's recently reissued book The Liars' Club and confessional memoirs.
Confessional Retired, To Maria's Mon in 2002.
Josephine Abercrombie's homebred Confessional won Keeneland's A.P.
Chris Brown Hints at Rihanna Romance in Confessional Video: Watch.
Sharon Van Etten 's raspy, elegant vocals and deeply confessional folk-rock have made her a rising star.
It's a passionate set of mild post-punk highlighted by Ken Griffin's deep voice and confessional lyrics.
In November, American writer Alex Kuczynski, up until then most widely known for a book that discussed her cosmetic surgery addiction, again published a confessional about women in doctor's offices.
The 18-year-year pop star gets confessional in a "Today" show sitdown with Ryan Seacrest.
The singer is back on the road with her first album in seven years, 'The Idler Wheel,' a stripped-down confessional that she can't wait to unleash onstage.
One priest has said he would go to jail rather than reveal anything said 'under the seal of the confessional '.
Dashboard Confessional performed at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 27.
Dashboard Confessional performed at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 27.
Dashboard Confessionals, Eliminating Duplicative Services, and Henry Ford on Innovation.
Vice President Joe Biden stepped into a confessional and knelt.