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 ?
MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA." He had had a classical education.
Then she cried, "Ahem!" under cover of the MEA CULPA, striking her breast so vigorously that everybody, even the lady with the red cushion, turned round toward her.
NASDAQ is pacing the bounce, while Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony was released with the predicted detailed "mea culpas" on the data scandal and vow to put users ahead of profits.
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.
In other words, dole out those "mea culpas" to any and everybody.
Both monstrous episodes fully deserved official mea culpas yet the terrible wrongs occurred before he was PM.
Mel's argument was that it was four years ago, and that he'd moved on, and "done all the necessary mea culpas".
The world needs no more mea culpas. The people of Darfur cannot endure one more mea culpa; many of them may not be able to endure one more day.
Duke Cunningham was reciting mea culpas on television.
Publicly expressed mea culpas and sincere repentance are preferable.
They can try to placate or appease the list maker with a series of "mea culpas" and hope that the list maker removes them out of the kindness of his or her heart.