from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Faultiness, a state of being flawed.
- n. A sin or moral transgression.
- n. Sinfulness.
- n. Unhealthiness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being peccant.
- n. A sin; an offense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being peccant; badness.
- n. Offense; criminality; transgression.
Instead, I want you to contemplate your very being, search deep, scour your skin of all its peccancy, and return to me with wide eyes and a new outlook.
Lest I be accused of over-promoting my own work surely a permissible peccancy on my own blog, in any event, I should also note that if you dislike The Dog of the North, it will also, I suspect, be for reasons of voice.
With regard to his peccancy I will not attempt, sir, to offer any palliation beyond the expression of my belief, that the tobacco was taken without any notion of the offence he was committing; in proof of which, I may mention, sir, the absence of any concealment on his part, when you came to the store.
Suppose, again, that one proposes to deal with the peccancy of women from the earliest times, it is hard to find a lady, even one whose name has hitherto gleamed lurid in history, to whom some modern writer has not contrived by chapter and verse to apply a coat of whitewash.
There are a great many called up for this particular form of peccancy, you observe; even Master David has to lay aside his Psalm Book, and go forward with the others for chastisement.
In a moment Louis, with his inexorable eye for detail, realized the peccancy.
An act is demoralizing or degrading in proportion as the perpetrator thereof considers it criminal, as it lowers his self-respect; and men regard their crinolinic peccancy as a venial fault, while women consider such lapses on the part of their sex as grievous sin; hence the lightning of lust scarce blackens the pillar while it shatters the vase.
Imputations upon wives: horrible exultation at the universal peccancy of husbands.
Miss Middleton rebuked him, enjoying his wriggle between a perception of her fun and an acknowledgment of his peccancy.
What surprised those who were in the secret was that, when it was over, he rose, and facing the head-master -- could it be insolence? or was it the sense of untruthfulness in his friendly action, or sense of the universal peccancy of all boys and men?
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