peccant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin peccāns, peccantis

Adjective[edit]

peccant (comparative more peccant, superlative most peccant)

  1. (obsolete) unhealthy; causing disease
    • Francis Bacon
      peccant humours
  2. sinful
    • Milton
      peccant angels
  3. wrong; defective; faulty
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ayliffe to this entry?)
    • 1886, Henry James, The Bostonians.
      Olive rested her eyes for some moments upon Mrs. Luna, without speaking. Then she said: 'Your veil is not put on straight, Adeline.'

      'I look like a monster—that, evidently, is what you mean!' Adeline exclaimed, going to the mirror to rearrange the peccant tissue.

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Noun[edit]

peccant (plural peccants)

  1. (obsolete) An offender.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Whitlock to this entry?)

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

peccant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of peccō