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mea culpa

[me-ah koo l-pah; English mey-uh kuhl-puh, mee-uh] /ˈmɛ ɑ ˈkʊl pɑ; English ˈmeɪ ə ˈkʌl pə, ˈmi ə/
Latin.
1.
through my fault; my fault (used as an acknowledgment of one's responsibility).
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  • First of all the slur you voiced, mea culpa, shows me that you don't really want an answer.
  • In this case, an orchestrated public mea culpa isn't enough.
  • His is not the courageous mea culpa it pretends to be.
  • The latest mea culpa comes in the form of another bomb.
  • If they want to run for any office, do the mea culpa before hand.
British Dictionary definitions for mea culpa

mea culpa

/ˈmeɪɑː ˈkʊlpɑː/
uknown
1.
an acknowledgment of guilt
Word Origin
literally: my fault
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Word Origin and History for mea culpa

Latin, literally "I am to blame," a phrase from the prayer of confession in the Latin liturgy.

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mea culpa in Culture
mea culpa [(may-uh kul-puh, kool-puh)]

An expresssion from Catholic ritual that assigns blame to oneself: “I gave you the wrong directions to my house — mea culpa.” From Latin, meaning “my fault” or “my blame.”

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