from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.

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  • My fault, due to my error; my bad.

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  • n. an acknowledgment of your error or guilt


Latin meā culpā, through my fault : meā, feminine ablative of meus, my + culpā, ablative of culpa, fault.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin phrase meā culpā ("through my fault"), from mea ("my, mine") and culpa ("fault") in the ablative (Wiktionary)


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