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me·a cul·pa(mā′ə ko͝ol′pə, kŭl′-, mē′ə)
An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault: The authors issued a mea culpa after their plagiarism was revealed.
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.]
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mea culpa(ˈmeɪɑː ˈkʊlpɑː)
an acknowledgment of guilt
[literally: my fault]
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me•a cul•pa(ˈmɛ ɑ ˈkʊl pɑ; Eng. ˈmeɪ ə ˈkʌl pə)
Latin. through my fault (used as an acknowledgment of personal error).
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A Latin phrase meaning my fault, used to acknowledge guilt, especially in Roman Catholic ritual.
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