Essential Meaning of mea culpa
: a statement in which you say that something is your fault The mayor's public mea culpa didn't satisfy his critics. (humorous) Okay, so maybe I misjudged you. Mea culpa!
Full Definition of mea culpa
: a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error The mayor's public mea culpa didn't satisfy his critics.
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