mea culpa

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me·a cul·pa

(mā′ə ko͝ol′pə, kŭl′-, mē′ə)
n.
An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault: The authors issued a mea culpa after their plagiarism was revealed.
interj.
Used to express guilt for a personal error or fault.

[Latin meā culpā, through my fault : meā, feminine ablative of meus, my + culpā, ablative of culpa, fault.]

mea culpa

(ˈmeɪɑː ˈkʊlpɑː)
an acknowledgment of guilt
[literally: my fault]

me•a cul•pa

(ˈmɛ ɑ ˈkʊl pɑ; Eng. ˈmeɪ ə ˈkʌl pə)
Latin. through my fault (used as an acknowledgment of personal error).

mea culpa

A Latin phrase meaning my fault, used to acknowledge guilt, especially in Roman Catholic ritual.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mea culpa - an acknowledgment of your error or guiltmea culpa - an acknowledgment of your error or guilt
acknowledgement, acknowledgment - a statement acknowledging something or someone; "she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment"; "the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"

mea culpa

noun
A statement of acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon:
apology, excuse, regret (used in plural).
References in classic literature ?
When we see a soul whose acts are all regal, graceful and pleasant as roses, we must thank God that such things can be and are, and not turn sourly on the angel and say 'Crump is a better man with his grunting resistance to all his native devils.
Or again: how can the intellectual's mia culpa (in light of privilege) really change this privilege?