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mea culpa

[mey-uh kuhl-puh, mee-uh; Latin me-ah kool-pah]
  1. my fault! (used as an acknowledgment of one's responsibility).
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noun plural me·a cul·pas.
  1. an acknowledgment of one's responsibility for a fault or error.
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Origin of mea culpa

< Latin: through my fault
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mea culpa

  1. an acknowledgment of guilt
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Word Origin

literally: my fault
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Word Origin and History for mea

mea culpa

Latin, literally "I am to blame," a phrase from the prayer of confession in the Latin liturgy.

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mea in Culture

mea culpa

[(may-uh kul-puh, kool-puh)]

An expression from Catholic ritual that assigns blame to oneself: “I gave you the wrong directions to my house — mea culpa.” From Latin, meaning “my fault” or “my blame.”

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