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peccadillo

[pek-uh-dil-oh] /ˌpɛk əˈdɪl oʊ/
noun, plural peccadilloes, peccadillos.
1.
a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
Origin of peccadillo
1585-1595
1585-95; < Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin < Latin peccātum transgression, noun use of neuter of past participle of peccāre to err, offend
Synonyms
lapse, slip, faux pas, indiscretion.
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  • In truth they had shared in the indiscretion and been partners in the peccadillo.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • There is such family loyalty that every peccadillo is consecrated.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • In fact, homicide on the frontier, as compared with horse-stealing, is a peccadillo.

    Frontier Folk George Booth
  • Rain, exposure at dewfall on the searocks, a peccadillo at my time of life.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The peccadillo on his part had been very small, but he must be assured.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • What she formerly regarded as a monstrous crime, she now spoke of as a peccadillo.

    File No. 113 Emile Gaboriau
  • But having been informed by letter that it was a question only of some peccadillo I had no other thought but to see you again.

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • The examiner had committed a peccadillo, George a terrible crime.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • But had he not atoned for this peccadillo fifty-fold by the results of his absence?

  • Don Benito had him flogged for some peccadillo, and he has loved him, thirsted to show his love for the family ever since.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for peccadillo

peccadillo

/ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ/
noun (pl) -loes, -los
1.
a petty sin or trifling fault
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress
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Word Origin and History for peccadillo
n.

"slight sin," 1590s (earlier in corrupt form peccadilian, 1520s), from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado "a sin," from Latin peccatum "a sin, fault, error," noun use of neuter past participle of peccare "to miss, mistake, make a mistake, do amiss; transgress, offend, be licentious, sin," perhaps literally "to stumble," from a PIE verbal root *ped- "to walk, stumble, fall," related to the root of foot (n.).

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