guilty pleasure

noun

Definition of guilty pleasure

: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

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One of my other guilty pleasures is their iced coffee. Stephanie Williams, Washington Post, "12 fancy-schmancy D.C. chefs reveal where they go for cheap comfort food," 22 Aug. 2019 Plus, there's the guilty pleasure of doing all that back-to-school shopping, too. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "30 Back-to-School Captions Perfect for Your First Day Photo," 29 July 2019 Some guilty pleasure rom-coms are on their way out — notably A Cinderella Story and its two Chad Michael Murray-less sequels, as well as Love, Rosie and Just Friends. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Everything Leaving Netflix In August," 25 July 2019 Murder Mystery, Netflix, June 14 There’s always a guilty pleasure on the list, and for June, it’s Murder Mystery, starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "What to Stream in June on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and More," 31 May 2019 So this weekend, don't think of your sweet tooth as a guilty pleasure, but as a patriotic duty. Maddie Burakoff And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "National Ice Cream Day means free cones. Here's what to know about everyone's favorite frozen treat," 21 July 2019 And critics no longer treat his body of work like a guilty pleasure. Nathan Powers, oregonlive.com, "ELO’s Jeff Lynne headed to Portland, playing his hits and feeling cool," 25 June 2019 The soft sandstone of the staircases crumbles underfoot, so that the very act of climbing them is at least in part a guilty pleasure — though no longer very dangerous. New York Times, "2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain.," 18 June 2019 Recently, however, Coco Pops have become more than a guilty pleasure for Mr. McAvoy. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of guilty pleasure

1907, in the meaning defined above

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