peccant
adjective Etymology: Latin peccant-, peccans, present participle of peccare to stumble, sin Date: circa 1604 1. guilty of a moral offense ; sinning 2. violating a principle or rule ; faultypeccantly adverb

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  • Peccant — Pec cant, a. [L. peccans, antis, p. pr. of peccare to sin: cf. F. peccant.] 1. Sinning; guilty of transgression; criminal; as, peccant angels. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Morbid; corrupt; as, peccant humors. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. Wrong;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peccant — peccant, ante [ pekɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • pechantes 1314; du lat. médiév. peccans, de peccare « pécher » ♦ Vx Humeurs peccantes, mauvaises. ⊗ HOM. Pécan, pékan. ⇒PECCANT, ANTE, adj. MÉD. ANC., littér., le plus souvent au fém. plur. [En parlant d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Peccant — Pec cant, n. An offender. [Obs.] Whitlock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peccant — I (culpable) adjective aberrant, accursed, accusable, amoral, astray, bad, base, blameful, blameworthy, censurable, chargeable, criminal, criminous, debauched, dishonest, erroneous, evil, execrable, faultful, fiendish, foul, full of mischief,… …   Law dictionary

  • peccant — peccant, ante (pè kkan, kkan t ) adj. Terme de médecine. Épithète donnée par les humoristes aux humeurs, quand elles pèchent par rapport à la qualité surtout. •   Certaines humeurs, qu entre nous autres savants nous appelons humeurs peccantes,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • peccant — c.1600 (adj.), 1620s (n.), from L. peccantem, prp. of peccare “to sin.” …   Etymology dictionary

  • peccant — Peccant, [pecc]ante. adj. Qui peche. Il n a d usage qu au feminin, & dans cette phrase, Humeur peccante, pour dire, l Humeur qui peche en quantité ou en qualité. Il faut évacuer l humeur peccante, les humeurs peccantes …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • peccant — [pek′ənt] adj. [L peccans, prp. of peccare, to sin] 1. sinful; sinning 2. breaking or disregarding a rule or practice; faulty 3. Rare diseased or causing disease peccantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • peccant — peccancy, peccantness, n. peccantly, adv. /pek euhnt/, adj. 1. sinning; guilty of a moral offense. 2. violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty; wrong. [1595 1605; < L peccant (s. of peccans), prp. of peccare to err, offend;… …   Universalium

  • peccant — Unhealthy; producing disease. [L. peccans ( ant ), pres. p. of pecco, to sin] * * * pec·cant pek ənt adj causing disease <specific virtues...of drugs, as opposed to the unspecific adjustment of „peccant humours,” were recognized in the 16th… …   Medical dictionary

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