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peccant

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adjective pec·cant \ˈpe-kənt\

Definition of peccant

  1. 1 :  guilty of a moral offense :  sinning

  2. 2 :  violating a principle or rule :  faulty

peccantly adverb


Did You Know?

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 kind-making errors, for example, or falling into immoral, corrupt, or sinful behavior."

Origin of peccant

Latin peccant-, peccans, present participle of peccare to stumble, sin


First Known Use: circa 1604


Medical Dictionary

peccant

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adjective pec·cant \ˈpek-ənt\

Medical Definition of peccant

  1. :  causing disease <specific virtues…of drugs, as opposed to the unspecific adjustment of “peccant humours,” were recognized in the 16th and 17th centuries—Joseph Needham>




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