Mea culpa is the Latin way of saying my bad. Mea culpa can be used as an interjection much like my fault or my bad or as a noun referring to an apology, as in The senator offered a mea culpa during the press conference. The phrase mea culpa comes from a Roman Catholic prayer for confessing sin and seeking forgiveness. The phrase was borrowed directly from this prayer and has been in use as an admission of guilt since at least the s. The noun form referring to an apology seems to be much newer, with the first records of it coming from the s.
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Mea culpa is a Latin phrase that means "through my fault" and is an acknowledgement of having done wrong. The phrase comes from a prayer of confession of sinfulness, known as the Confiteor , used in the Roman Rite at the beginning of Mass or when receiving the sacrament of Penance. The expression is used also as an admission of having made a mistake that should have been avoided, and may be accompanied by beating the breast as in its use in a religious context. In the present form of the Confiteor as used in the celebration of Mass, mea culpa is said three times, the third time with the addition of the adjective maxima "very great", usually translated as "most grievous" , and is accompanied by the gesture of beating the breast. I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers [and sisters], that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault , through my most grievous fault ; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers [and sisters], to pray for me to the Lord our God. According to Adrian Fortescue , the inclusion in the Confiteor of the phrase mea culpa can be traced back only to the 16th century.
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