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Tuesday, March 07, 2000

Definitions for peccadillo

  1. A slight offense; a petty fault.

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Citations for peccadillo
No peccadillo is too trivial: we learn that the mogul once blew his top because his laundry came back starched (" 'Fluff and fold!' he screamed"). Eric P. Nash, New York Times
And besides "what do they say? 'Don't judge lest you be judged.' Everybody has their peccadilloes." , Irish Times
Origin of peccadillo
1585-1595
Peccadillo comes from Spanish pecadillo, "little sin," diminutive of pecado, "sin," from Latin peccatum, from peccare, "to make a mistake, to err, to sin." It is related to impeccable, "without flaw or fault."