- 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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Examples from the Web for peccant
But it is useless and canting to say that peccant women are worse than men.She Stands Accused
The two peccant riders unfortunately were Sir Griffin and Lucinda.The Eustace Diamonds
But there is one touchstone by which the peccant element in them may be at once detected.The Real Gladstone
J. Ewing Ritchie
Thus brought to book, the peccant Gibbons confesses to what has occurred in all its details.Gwen Wynn
Nor did the peccant Lieutenant James think it worth while to resign his commission.Lola Montez
Edmund B. d'Auvergne
- guilty of an offence; corrupt
- violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
- producing disease; morbid
C17: from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin
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Word Origin and History for peccant
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.
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