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[pe-key-vahy, -vee, -kah-vee] /pɛˈkeɪ vaɪ, -vi, -ˈkɑ vi/
noun, plural peccavis.
a confession of guilt or sin.
Origin of peccavi
1500-10; < Latin: literally, I have sinned, perfect 1st person singular of peccāre to go wrong Unabridged
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  • If it be really so, Oh, let me entreat that you will not neglect to say at once Pater, peccavi!

  • If this be ‘lady-like,’ then, indeed, I penitently cry ‘peccavi!’

    Vashti Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • But in his old age he cried 'peccavi', and set himself to learn Greek.

  • But I will not cry “peccavi,” my Lady, unless you pronounce me guilty after reading what I write.

    The Case and Exceptions

    Frederick Trevor Hill
  • The cry of peccavi sounds soft and pretty when made by sweet lips in a loving voice.

    The Claverings

    Anthony Trollope
  • When conscience lashed he had no instinct to shrink away and make excuse; instead, he cried "peccavi!"

    Southern Hearts Florence Hull Winterburn
  • After the clergyman has cried his peccavi, suppose we hoist up a bishop, and give him a couple of dozen!

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I meant to pouch my winnings and go straight to my wife and say, 'peccavi,' and I should hear her say to me, 'Go and sin no more.'

  • According to Punch the news of the battle was transmitted to headquarters in one word: "peccavi."

British Dictionary definitions for peccavi


noun (pl) -vis
a confession of guilt
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, literally: I have sinned, from peccāre
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Word Origin and History for peccavi

1550s, Latin, literally "I have sinned;" past tense of peccare "to sin" (see peccadillo). Related: peccavimus "we have sinned;" peccavit "he has sinned."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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