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.


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From post-classical Latin peccantia, from Latin peccāns, present participle of peccō ("to sin").


  • 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.

    My Heaven is a State of Great Joy, Satisfaction, and The Beatles

  • 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.

    :Acquired Taste

  • 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.

    Fern Vale (Volume 1) or the Queensland Squatter

  • 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.

    She Stands Accused

  • 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.

    The Cords of Vanity A Comedy of Shirking

  • In a moment Louis, with his inexorable eye for detail, realized the peccancy.

    The Sacrificial Altar

  • 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.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

  • Imputations upon wives: horrible exultation at the universal peccancy of husbands.

    Ordeal of Richard Feverel — Volume 5

  • Miss Middleton rebuked him, enjoying his wriggle between a perception of her fun and an acknowledgment of his peccancy.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • 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?

    Miscellaneous Studies; a series of essays


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