peccant was our Word of the Day on 06/20/2013. Hear the podcast!
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 and Etymology of peccant
Latin peccant-, peccans, present participle of peccare to stumble, sin
First Known Use: circa 1604
Medical Definition of peccant
: 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up peccant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).