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).
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under cover of the MEA CULPA, striking her breast so vigorously that everybody, even the lady with the red cushion, turned round toward her.
But we have heard no mea culpas for the coup, which uprooted us and scattered us all across the non-occupied part of the island, or even abroad," he told the gathering organised by refugees from Dikomo, the village from which the former president hails.
If the first was this limp acknowledgement, then we can look forward to a string of these soft mea culpas -- a series of some length judging from the number of catastrophic mistakes Obama has made throughout his presidency.
The only thing left for DK to fulfill his mea culpas is a book tour and then a shot at "Dancing With The Stars.
Both monstrous episodes fully deserved official mea culpas yet the terrible wrongs occurred before he was PM.
I'm not sure how many mea culpas are enough when it comes to his racist outburst during his drink-driving arrest back in 2006, but with regards to the name calling, I'd say pot, kettle, black, Mel Gibson.
When the predictable firestorm hits, the offenders backpedal fast, say their mea culpas and declare they're not racist.
But which liberalism: the ragtag package of nostrums, slogans, and mea culpas snatched from the wreckage of McGovernism and tended unto this day by the most feckless of the Kennedys; the egalitarian liberalism whose contemporary theorist of greatest renown is philosopher John Rawls; or the etymologically ancestral liberalism predicated on respect for the liberty of individuals to lead their lives according to their own lights?
Their highly visible mea culpas on this score have become regular, predictable media events.
What we're looking for is evidence and investigative leads, not institutional mea culpas.