[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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- an acknowledgment of guilt
literally: my fault
Word Origin and History for mea 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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