peccadillo

[pek-uh-dil-oh]
noun, plural peccadilloes, peccadillos.
a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.

Origin:
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.
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peccadillo (ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ)
 
n , pl -loes, -los
a petty sin or trifling fault
 
[C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress]

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peccadillo
"slight sin," 1591, from Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado "a sin," from L. peccatum "a sin, fault, error," from neut. pp. of peccare "to make a mistake, sin," of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
One move is to try to cut the number of discouraging automated messages warning editors of style breaches and other peccadillos.
Two small but plucky opposition newspapers give an airing to the peccadillos of the party duopoly.
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