peccant


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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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The related theories of physiology--that optical well-being depended on the proper functioning of ducts that conveyed pure moisture to the healthy eye--and pathology--that the sight was affected if these ducts became blocked or flooded or conveyed peccant moisture to the diseased eye--can be seen pervasively in Greek medical texts of all eras.
Hall, Marston asserts, gets it wrong on all counts: he takes a censorian stance which virtually no one is qualified to assume; he rails rather than "laugh[s] and sport[s]"; and, in his attacks on contemporary poetry, he censures poetry's essence rather than its peccant manifestations.
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 Court judgement states that the Commission Decision is inadequately reasoned as to the impact the aid system has on competition and it is wrong about how the system affects trade between the Member States, The judges accuse the Commission of failing to come up with any factors concerning competition between Sardinian shipping companies and those in other Member States.
The Elements of Style covers much less ground than Word Court, but it is also less peccant. It is a bit overfond of the word forcible (as Ms.