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mea culpa

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noun mea cul·pa \ˌmā-ə-ˈku̇l-pə, ˌmā-ä-, -ˈku̇l-(ˌ)pä\

Simple Definition of mea culpa

  • : a statement in which you say that something is your fault

Full Definition of mea culpa

  1. :  a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error

Examples of mea culpa

  1. The mayor's public mea culpa didn't satisfy his critics.



Origin of mea culpa

Latin, through my fault


First Known Use: 1602


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