from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A confession of sin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. An expression of guilt or culpability.
- n. An act of saying ‘peccavi’; an admission of guilt or responsibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- I have sinned; -- used colloquially to express confession or acknowledgment of an offense; -- used rarely, superseded by the approximate equivalent mea culpa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. I have sinned; I am guilty; it is my fault.
Nevertheless, all uniformitarians had better at once cry "peccavi," -- not but what I feel a conviction that the world will be found rather older than Thomson makes it, and far older than the reviewer makes it.
His dispatch to the British War Office in London contained only the Latin verb peccavi, meaning ` I have sinned '[Scinde].
Among them three were especially widely disseminated: Domine, da nobis auxilium and Domine deus omnipotens for six voices, and Pater, peccavi in caelum for eight.
Then, after every other verse, he would repeat, with a pause: "Tibi soli peccavi et malum coram te feci… He uttered the words plaintively, sighing profoundly and weeping, and moved with such a lofty idea of God and of His infinite sanctity that the Brother infirmarian was siezed with a holy dread."
The coulpe or peccavi, is made for a very small matter — a broken glass, a torn veil, an involuntary delay of a few seconds at an office, a false note in church, etc.; this suffices, and the coulpe is made.
Adolescenti (saith Erasmus) acknowledging his fault, et gravissime peccavi, and so may  I say myself, I have offended in this, and so peradventure have many others.
After the clergyman has cried his peccavi, suppose we hoist up a bishop, and give him a couple of dozen!
Quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo et opere by digby
The cry of peccavi sounds soft and pretty when made by sweet lips in a loving voice.
He will receive $28,000 in cash, scholarships and bonds for spelling words like prosciutto, cabochon and peccavi.