mea culpa

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the Latin phrase meā culpā (through my fault), from mea (my, mine) and culpa (fault) in the ablative

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeɪ.əˌkʌl.pə/, /ˈmiː.əˈkʌl.pə/, /ˈmeɪ.əˌkʊl.pə/

Phrase[edit]

mea culpa

  1. My fault, due to my error; my bad.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin phrase meā culpā (through my fault), from mea (my, mine) and culpa (fault) in the ablative

Interjection[edit]

mea culpa

  1. mea culpa

Latin[edit]

Phrase[edit]

meā culpā

  1. through my fault
    • Text of the Tridentine Mass:
      Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatæ Mariæ semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Ioanni Baptistæ, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, et vobis, fratres: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo et opere: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
      I confess to the Almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.