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[pek-uh-dil-oh] /ˌpɛk əˈdɪl oʊ/
noun, plural peccadilloes, peccadillos.
a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
Origin of peccadillo
1585-95; < Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin < Latin peccātum transgression, noun use of neuter of past participle of peccāre to err, offend
lapse, slip, faux pas, indiscretion. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -loes, -los
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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"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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