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pec·cant

(pek'ănt),
Unhealthy; producing disease.
[L. peccans (-ant-), pres. p. of pecco, to sin]

pec·cant

(pek'ănt)
Unhealthy; producing disease.
[L. peccans (-ant-), pres. p. of pecco, to sin]

peccant

(pĕk′ănt) [L. peccans, sinning]
1. Corrupt; producing disease.
2. Sinning, or violating a law.

pec·cant

(pek'ănt)
Unhealthy.
[L. peccans (-ant-), pres. p. of pecco, to sin]
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24) Such an incision was a recognized treatment for diseases of the hip joint, caused by a flux of peccant matter by the same route.
165)-a redemptive gesture repeated at a human level when the peccant explorer, Egremont, is, in effect, reborn from a clayey cavern, woven over with twisted, snakelike roots-marks of primal error in which he himself has recently participated by slaying his fellow man.
Fresh from, and exultant at, having forced Nixon out of office in August 1974, Congress worked itself up into a fine lather of righteous indignation at Hoover's failure to abide by the highest ethical standards: particularly the allegation that he had kept seventeen top-secret folders on peccant Congressmen.
That is, although the Majesty of Princes, and the necessity of having a supream Head in all Governments, did free and privilege them from all punishment, and exempt them from the censure and correction of law, that no earthly power could call them to account for their errors or disorders in this World; yet it is necessary to the being of an absolute Monarch, to be a severe executioner of the Laws of his Country, and it is more his interest and security, then to act without rule, and always to make the use of the power of absolute dominion, which is to be applied like Phisick, when the ordinary force of nature cannot remove the malignancy of some peccant humours.
Italy and Sardegna Lines, an Italian company that received a loan under the peccant law, asked for the Commission Decision to be cancelled.
The Elements of Style covers much less ground than Word Court, but it is also less peccant.