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peccadillo

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noun pec·ca·dil·lo \ˌpe-kə-ˈdi-(ˌ)lō\

Simple Definition of peccadillo

  • : a small mistake or fault that is not regarded as very bad or serious

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of peccadillo

plural peccadilloes or peccadillos

  1. :  a slight offense

Did You Know?

The world loves a spice of wickedness. That observation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow may explain why people are so willing to forgive peccadilloes as youthful foolishness or lapses of judgment. The willingness to overlook petty faults and minor offenses existed long before English speakers borrowed a modified version of the Spanish pecadillo at the end of the 16th century. Spanish speakers distinguished the pecadillo, or "little sin," from the more serious pecado, their term for a sin of magnitude. And these Spanish terms can be traced back still further, to the Latin verb peccare, meaning "to sin."

Origin of peccadillo

Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin, from Latin peccatum, from neuter of peccatus, past participle of peccare


First Known Use: 1600

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