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confessor

1. Christianity Chiefly RC Church a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
2. History a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
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By framing the closet scene with the death of Polonius and the removal of his body offstage, though, Shakespeare points to the tensions caused by Hamlet's roles as father confessor and avenger.
Bishop Turgot, her father confessor in later years, knew her well and from his observations a young woman of strong will-power and unusual intelligence emerges, who does not fit the wooden stereotype depicted by the church image-makers.
One unanswered question is whether Tikhon is, in fact, Putin's spiritual father--in Russian Orthodox tradition, a figure who is a father confessor and guide to salvation.
A claimsman, Walter, is a doctor and a bloodhound and a cop and a judge and a jury and a father confessor all in one.
Brooks, meanwhile, acts as a weird but compelling combination of narrator, comedian, coach, judge, jury and father confessor. Director Susan Froemke wisely just turned on the camera on the day of the recording and let Brooks riff to his heart's content between and after cuts.
A claims man, Walter, is a doctor and a bloodhound and a cop and a judge and a jury and a father confessor all in one!
For months my religious mother would get seizures of guilt and ask her father confessor if it was all right with God to have leased out our house for such a purpose.
I was, if I may say so, her father confessor in many ways" Publisher Lord Weidenfeld explains his friendship with Lady Antonia Fraser
Wilson acknowledges that it was Staupitz, Luther's mentor and father confessor, who constantly preached the cross as God's sheer goodness for sinners to the troubled Luther.
Father Sebastian Kneipp came to Bad Worishofen, idyllically situated at the foothills of the Alps, as the father confessor to the Dominican convent.
Orthodox Christian father confessor Trader combines ascetic literature and modern psychology to help people living in monasteries and people struggling with contemporary life.
You have to be a financial advisor, a medical analyst, a father confessor, a psychiatrist, and a confidant.