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mea culpa -- (Latin)
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  • He beat his hand upon his breast, confessing: mea culpa.

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  • Oh, he’d seen the angry one the other night and the mea culpa one just a little while ago, but he had no idea how she behaved under ordinary circumstances.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • At the time I arrived, for example, the two most prominent writers being promoted were a retired World War II fleet admiral and an exceptionally flyblown ex-Communist stool pigeon whose ghostwritten mea culpa was doing middling well on the best-seller lists.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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