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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for peccadillos

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 peccadillos

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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