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 (pĕ-kä′wē, -vē, -kā′vī′)
n. pl. pec·ca·vis
A confession of sin.

[Latin peccāvī, I have sinned, first person sing. perfect tense of peccāre, to sin; see peccant.]


n, pl -vis
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a confession of guilt
[C16: from Latin, literally: I have sinned, from peccāre]
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You will readily understand that we made them cry peccavi all the same.
His Gloria had a lightness of flow, followed by his Pater peccavi in caelum, which with its amazing modulatory sidesteps seemed a premonition of Ligeti, nearly half a millennium later.
Among those poets is Southwell, who draws on the theme and language of "Translation" in such poems as "Davids Peccavi," "Mans Civill Warre," and "From Fortunes Reach" in which he vividly recounts the human struggles between reason and "fond phancy," truth and "fickle fortunes" ("Mans Civill Warre" 1.
the message peccavi ("I have sinned/Sind") attributed to Charles James Napier, also appears to be given more attention than it deserves in a book on Hinduism.
His first editorial in De Standaard after his convalescence was a lengthy peccavi.
Alsana is fond of repeating the story of nineteenth-century Lord Ellenborough, who sent a one-word telegram to declare his conquest of the Sind province in India: peccavi, meaning "I have sinned" in Latin.