guilty pleasure

noun

Definition of guilty pleasure 

: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

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Literary fiction, non-fiction essays, those are my guilty pleasures. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "An Interview with Artist Liza Lou," 30 Aug. 2018 Still, the final Forever Your Girl single, which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1990, is a guilty pleasure. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Paula Abdul's 'Forever Your Girl' Turns 30: All the Songs Ranked (Critic's Picks)," 13 June 2018 Pelicans swoop and sailboats tack in the bay below, but the brilliant blue of the San Francisco afternoon is something of a guilty pleasure considering that on the other edge of America, Hurricane Florence is exacting its final ravages. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 Krispy Kreme: Everyone's favorite guilty pleasure is going all out for National Coffee Day. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Where to Get Free Coffee and Deals on National Coffee Day," 27 Sep. 2018 Nonfiction formats, from game shows to makeover programs and guilty pleasures of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians sort, are finding new life online. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Netflix and Amazon Are Driving a Global Reality TV Renaissance," 9 Apr. 2018 In 2014, Vergara admitted that cakes are her ultimate guilty pleasure on an episode of Live! Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 46th Birthday with a Cake That Matched Her Dress Exactly," 11 July 2018 Time Think of it as another guilty pleasure, combining the best elements of two delicious yet caloric favorites into one. Alexa Imani Spencer, USA TODAY, "Doughnuts in stick form: Dunkin' debuts Donut Fries," 27 June 2018 All this, plus a new Bachelorette season for our guilty pleasure, and a new Roxane Gay book for our highbrow needs. refinery29.com, "May Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of guilty pleasure

1907, in the meaning defined above

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