[pe-key-vahy, -vee, -kah-vee]
- a confession of guilt or sin.
Origin of peccavi
1500–10; < Latin: literally, I have sinned, perfect 1st person singular of peccāre to go wrong
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Examples from the Web for peccavi
If it be really so, Oh, let me entreat that you will not neglect to say at once Pater, peccavi!John Ronge: The Holy Coat Of Treves
If this be ‘lady-like,’ then, indeed, I penitently cry ‘peccavi!’Vashti
Augusta J. Evans Wilson
But in his old age he cried 'Peccavi', and set himself to learn Greek.
But I will not cry “peccavi,” my Lady, unless you pronounce me guilty after reading what I write.The Case and Exceptions
Frederick Trevor Hill
The cry of peccavi sounds soft and pretty when made by sweet lips in a loving voice.The Claverings
- a confession of guilt
C16: from Latin, literally: I have sinned, from peccāre
Word Origin and History for peccavi
1550s, Latin, literally "I have sinned;" past tense of peccare "to sin" (see peccadillo). Related: peccavimus "we have sinned;" peccavit "he has sinned."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper