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mea culpa
(Latin)


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
  "my fault"; an acknowledgment of personal error or guilt
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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
  • He thought, these are not the words; but the words kept ringing with his steps: Mea culpa—mea culpa—mea maxima culpa.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I’m not blaming anyone for this state of affairs, mind you; nor merely crying mea culpa.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • He beat his hand upon his breast, confessing: mea culpa.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Mea culpa, mea culpa! as the Pope of Rome says.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Not only did she have to deliver the biggest mea culpa in NASA’s history, every second of it would be remembered forever.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Mea culpa.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But Clary remembered him touching her face in a dark hallway in the Institute, remembered him whispering, Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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  • Then she cried, "Ahem!" under cover of the MEA CULPA, striking her breast so vigorously that everybody, even the lady with the red cushion, turned round toward her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "Mea culpa," agreed Panov, nodding.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Mea culpa, he said.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Mea culpa, mea culpa! as the Pope of Rome says.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He thought, these are not the words; but the words kept ringing with his steps: Mea culpa—mea culpa—mea maxima culpa.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Mea culpa.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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Associated words [difficulty]:   mea culpa [8] , caveat [7] , non sequitur [7] , terra firma [7] , casus belli [9] , pro rata [9]
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