June 20, 2013
Word of the Day
1 : guilty of a moral offense : sinning 2 : violating a principle or rule : faulty
Outside the confessional stood a short line of peccant parishioners waiting to seek redemption for their sins.
"His own translation of Heinrich Heines 'A Woman' features a naughtily misbehaving protagonist and her peccant boyfriend ." From a review by Benjamin Ivry in The Forward, April 27, 2012
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"Peccant" comes from the Latin verb "peccare," which means "to sin," "to commit a fault," or "to stumble," and is related to the better-known English word "peccadillo" ("a slight offense"). Etymologists have suggested that "peccare" might be related to Latin "ped-" or "pes," meaning "foot," by way of an unattested adjective, "peccus," which may have been used to mean "having an injured foot" or "stumbling." Whether or not a connection truly exists between "peccant" and "peccus," "peccant" itself involves stumbling of a figurative kindmaking errors, for example, or falling into immoral, corrupt, or sinful behavior.
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