[kuhl-puh; Latin koo l-pah]
- Roman and Civil Law. negligence; neglect (distinguished from dolus): One is not always liable before law for culpa resulting in damages.
- guilt; sin.
Origin of culpa
1250–1300; Old English < Latin: fault, liability, blame
[mey-uh kuhl-puh, mee-uh; Latin me-ah kool-pah]
- my fault! (used as an acknowledgment of one's responsibility).
- an acknowledgment of one's responsibility for a fault or error.
Origin of mea culpa
< Latin: through my fault
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Examples from the Web for culpa
I have no doubt that this recalcitrance to the crime-novel is a culpa, if not a culpa maxima.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
Regarding this heresy, however, one may well say: Felix culpa.Reincarnation
As the Romanist would say, we should apply a concrete standard of culpa.An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law
But this is not the degree of culpa which can raise a misfortune to the pitch of a crime.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
Etiam si quis a culpa vacuus in amicitiam ejus inciderat, quotidiano usu per similisque ceteris efficiebatur.St. Winifred's
Frederic W. Farrar
- civil law an act of neglect
- a fault; sin; guilt
- an acknowledgment of guilt
literally: my fault
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Word Origin and History for culpa
Latin, literally "I am to blame," a phrase from the prayer of confession in the Latin liturgy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
[(may-uh kul-puh, kool-puh)]
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