[ kuhl-puh; Latin kool-pah ]
/ ˈkʌl pə; Latin ˈkʊl pɑ /

noun, plural cul·pae [kuhl-pee; Latin kool-pahy]. /ˈkʌl pi; Latin ˈkʊl paɪ/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for culpa

/ (ˈkʊlpɑː) /

noun plural -pae (-piː)

civil law an act of neglect
a fault; sin; guilt

Word Origin for culpa

Latin: fault
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