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Sunday, June 27, 2004

peccant

\PEK-unt\ , adjective;
1.
Sinning; guilty of transgression.
2.
Violating a rule or a principle.
Quotes:
There must be redemption even for a formerly peccant father.
-- John Simon, review of Lone Star, National Review, July 29, 1996
The peccant fellow is Cliff, who cheats, or tries to cheat, on his wife.
-- John Simon, review of Crimes and Misdemeanors, National Review, December 8, 1989
No accuser, however, was prepared to come forward to initiate a prosecution, nor could the bishop find the necessary eyewitnesses to support a criminal case against the peccant clergymen.
-- Peter Linehan and Janet L. Nelson, Medieval World
Origin:
Peccant comes from the present participle of Latin of peccare, "to sin."
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