- sinning; guilty of a moral offense.
- violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty; wrong.
Origin of peccant
1595–1605; < Latin peccant- (stem of peccāns), present participle of peccāre to err, offend; see -ant
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- guilty of an offence; corrupt
- violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
- producing disease; morbid
C17: from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin
Word Origin and History for peccancy
c.1600, from Latin peccantem (nominative pecans) "sinful," present participle of peccare "to sin" (see peccadillo). As a noun from 1620s. Related: Peccancy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Producing disease.