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1Having committed a fault or sin; offending.‘the peccant officials fell on their knees’culpable, to blame, blameworthy, blameable, at fault, in the wrong, responsible, answerable, accountable, liableView synonyms
2Diseased or causing disease.‘peccant matter’unhealthy, ill, sick, unwell, ailing, infirm, sickly, unsound, unwholesome, infected, septic, contaminated, blighted, rotten, bad, abnormalView synonyms
Late 16th century (in peccant (sense 2)): from Latin peccant- ‘sinning’, from the verb peccare.
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