guilty pleasure

noun

Definition of guilty pleasure 

: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

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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 For her own guilty pleasures, Sims always totes a book, a cashmere wrap, face or eye masks, and snacks for herself, like almond butter bars in her carry on. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Molly Sims Dishes on Traveling With Kids: It's 'Like a Hurricane Coming Through at All Times'," 9 July 2018 Amy Poehler does not want to talk about her guilty pleasures. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "Amy Poehler is not interested in your Q&A," 15 June 2018 Learn rich history of cacao bean from its beginning as royal drink to its current role as romantic gesture, guilty pleasure and global commodity. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 25-July 1," 25 June 2018 Kudos to writer-director Christian Gudegast, who is already working on a sequel to this guilty pleasure. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 2 May 2018 Viewers often describe their addictions to these highly dramatic TV serials on Bravo as a guilty pleasure. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Indulge your 'Real Housewives' guilty pleasure at 'Watch What Crappens Live' in Phoenix," 18 June 2018 Plus, hygge gave a name to a common guilty pleasure, along with permission to pursue it: couch potatoism. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Death Cleaning to Hygge: These Books Want to Be the Next Marie Kondo," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of guilty pleasure

1907, in the meaning defined above

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