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[pek-uh nt] /ˈpɛk ənt/
sinning; guilty of a moral offense.
violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty; wrong.
Origin of peccant
1595-1605; < Latin peccant- (stem of peccāns), present participle of peccāre to err, offend; see -ant
Related forms
peccancy, peccantness, noun
peccantly, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • How came it that he included Florentine among the peccant idioms, and maintained that the true literary speech was still to seek?

  • But it is useless and canting to say that peccant women are worse than men.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • For this reason I desired to divert the peccant matter downward, a point which the physician should consider and observe.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • Nor did the peccant Lieutenant James think it worth while to resign his commission.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • In the forenoon Mr. Canning brought to trial the coils in which the peccant part that had wrought such mischief existed.

    The Atlantic Telegraph William Howard Russell
  • Adeline exclaimed, going to the mirror to rearrange the peccant tissue.

  • But there is one touchstone by which the peccant element in them may be at once detected.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The fictitious nephew Fitzvictor was apparently a son of the Victor who had but recently collaborated with the peccant Cazire.

  • By keeping the skin moist, these bandages cause the exudation of peccant humours and eliminate the excess of caloric.

    Every Man his own Doctor R. T. Claridge
  • To read the words as referring to the peccant verse, is to take the clinch off the whole passage.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
British Dictionary definitions for peccant


adjective (rare)
guilty of an offence; corrupt
violating or disregarding a rule; faulty
producing disease; morbid
Derived Forms
peccancy, noun
peccantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin peccans, from peccāre to sin
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Word Origin and History for peccant

c.1600, from Latin peccantem (nominative pecans) "sinful," present participle of peccare "to sin" (see peccadillo). As a noun from 1620s. Related: Peccancy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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peccant in Medicine

peccant pec·cant (pěk'ənt)
Producing disease.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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