guilty pleasure


Definition of guilty pleasure

: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

Examples of guilty pleasure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your newest reality-TV guilty pleasure follows an extremely wealthy group of Asian and Asian American frenemies living in Los Angeles. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks," 4 Jan. 2021 Some musicians who rented Piano in a Truck avoided promoting events to keep events safe, making music into an almost guilty pleasure. Will Coviello,, "Year in Review: Making the best of 2020 - a hard year in entertainment," 28 Dec. 2020 This week, the explosive issue at hand is what exactly constitutes an automotive guilty pleasure. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Automotive Guilty Pleasures: Window Shop with Car and Driver," 25 Dec. 2020 The ChomChom Roller Dog Hair Remover Another huge guilty pleasure of mine? Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "21 things people love on TikTok that are actually worth the money," 4 Dec. 2020 Jenna Johnson was growing up, watching MTV was her guilty pleasure. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Jenna Johnson Says It’s “Surreal” to Be in the 'DWTS' Semi-Finals," 16 Nov. 2020 Treating yourself to dessert may be your one guilty pleasure. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 1, 2020: Cancer, no one is perfect; Sagittarius, avoid wishful thinking," 1 Sep. 2020 These days, pop culture is more than an escape or a guilty pleasure. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Pop culture nostalgia can help ease the pain of 2020," 13 Aug. 2020 If flies are his guilty pleasure, the lockdown gave him an excuse to indulge . . . Dieynaba Young, Smithsonian Magazine, "Five Scientific Achievements That Happened During Coronavirus Lockdown," 15 July 2020

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First Known Use of guilty pleasure

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guilty pleasure was in 1907

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

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“Guilty pleasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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