[ pek-uh nt ]
/ ˈpɛk ənt /


sinning; guilty of a moral offense.
violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty; wrong.

Nearby words

  1. pec,
  2. pecan,
  3. pecan patty,
  4. peccable,
  5. peccadillo,
  6. peccantly,
  7. peccary,
  8. peccatophobia,
  9. peccavi,
  10. pech

Origin of peccant

1595–1605; < Latin peccant- (stem of peccāns), present participle of peccāre to err, offend; see -ant

Related formspec·can·cy, pec·cant·ness, nounpec·cant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for peccancy


/ (ˈpɛkənt) /

adjective rare

guilty of an offence; corrupt
violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
producing disease; morbid
Derived Formspeccancy, nounpeccantly, adverb

Word Origin for peccant

C17: from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin

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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

Medicine definitions for peccancy


[ pĕkənt ]


Producing disease.

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