peccancy


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pec·cant

 (pĕk′ənt)
adj.
1. Sinful; guilty.
2. Violating a rule or an accepted practice; erring.

[Latin peccāns, peccant-, present participle of peccāre, to sin; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

pec′can·cy n.
pec′cant·ly adv.

peccancy

1. the state or condition of being sinful or in sin.
2. a sinful act. — peccant, adj.
See also: Sin
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peccancy

noun
2. That which is morally bad or objectionable:
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As Garry Wills observes, however, history has shown that abuse of individual rights and peccancy tend to thrive more at the local level, and the federal government has often been the rescuer of the weak abused by the powerful.