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mea culpa

  (humorous)
something that you say in order to admit that something is your fault 'Tim, do you know why the back door was unlocked when I came home?' 'Mea culpa. I'm sorry - it won't happen again.'
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For the latter, one of Mahn's most significant points is that the paradoxical logic of the felix culpa is not available as an abstract, general principle, but depends on a more explicitly confessional approach--one rooted in the particularities of Christian narrative (39).
The pattern of Cora's rebellion, enmeshed in Cordelia's tragic daughterhood, reveals itself through vignettes of Cora's childhood in the fifties, her coming of age and idealism in the sixties, and her felix culpa exile after fleeing America when a coconspirator in a draft board break-in commits suicide by fire.
The corporation, however, must learn to distinguish between those events which call for a frank mea culpa and those which are truly minor, in the mind of the public and press.
LOS HOMBRES TIENEN LA CULPA - Gilberto Santa Rosa & Don Omar.
Jonathan Lambert On Cardinal O'Brien's belated and vague fessing up/ Reads like a spin doctor's dressing up/ Until the mea culpa has a maxima added/ Any apology is going to sound vapid/ So come clean, beat your breast and quit messing up.
I suspect this is what Lance Armstrong is hoping to profit from with his mea culpa to Oprah Winfrey a couple of weeks ago.
pdf) ranks among the world's top nations for gender equality, issued a mea culpa on Monday.
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And I'm sure, in turn, fat cat energy chief execs will cry me culpa and sob: "Sorry, Mr Huhne.
The Purcell affair is far from over, despite his insincere public mea culpa.
Committee Chairman Nicos Tornaritis of DISY said he accepted the minster's mea culpa, while DIKO deputy Athena Kyriakidou said that the discussion had proved to be productive.
3 million in civil and criminal penalties and issued a public mea culpa.
But in a much-reported mea culpa in 1998, Brock apologized to President Clinton for introducing the world to Paula Jones, and in 2001 he apologized to Hill for spreading lies about her.
In the center of the same room Joao Pedro Vale had installed A culpa nao e minha (I'm Not to Blame), 2003, a twenty-three-foot-long tree made of rope, lying on the floor uprooted, dried out, and dead.
Recently The Weekly Standard revisited Baghdad's 1998 WMD mea culpa - complete with a laundry list of the frightening weapons that the Press and bleeding-heart liberals continue to suggest were a figment of the Blair government and Bush administration's imagination.