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

noun, plural pec·ca·vis.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peccavi

Historical Examples of peccavi

  • If it be really so, Oh, let me entreat that you will not neglect to say at once Pater, peccavi!

  • If this be ‘lady-like,’ then, indeed, I penitently cry ‘peccavi!’


    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

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for peccavi


noun plural -vis

a confession of guilt

Word Origin for peccavi

C16: from Latin, literally: I have sinned, from peccāre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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