[ pe-key-vahy, -vee, -kah-vee ]

noun,plural pec·ca·vis.
  1. 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

Words Nearby peccavi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peccavi in a sentence

  • I meant to pouch my winnings and go straight to my wife and say, 'peccavi,' and I should hear her say to me, 'Go and sin no more.'

  • When conscience lashed he had no instinct to shrink away and make excuse; instead, he cried "peccavi!"

    Southern Hearts | Florence Hull Winterburn
  • Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis et vincas cum judicaris.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • They cry joyfully, non peccavi, which is the modern formula for confession.

    Winds Of Doctrine | George Santayana
  • According to Punch the news of the battle was transmitted to headquarters in one word: "peccavi."

British Dictionary definitions for peccavi


/ (pɛˈkɑːviː) /

nounplural -vis
  1. a confession of guilt

Origin of peccavi

C16: from Latin, literally: I have sinned, from peccāre

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