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 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 Eva Marcille will be making her exit from our favorite guilty pleasure, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Eva Marcille Says Her 'Time Is Up' On 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'," 16 June 2020 My guilty pleasure is old ‘Candid Camera’ episodes. Jeff Slate, WSJ, "How Deepak Chopra Is Getting Through Quarantine," 16 June 2020 If Lopez does go for dessert, her guilty pleasures are chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, revealed on The View. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What Jennifer Lopez Does To Look Decades Younger," 27 June 2019 With all the Dom Pérignon quaffed and caviar consumed, the book is a guilty pleasure, minus the hangover. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "Comfort Reads: Why ‘Valley of the Dolls’ Is the Ultimate Guilty Pleasure," 16 Apr. 2020 Not-so-guilty pleasures Another side effect of the COVID-19 outbreak: a shift in consumption patterns. Rachel King, Fortune, "From cookies to cashmere, the comfort economy gains momentum during the coronavirus pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of guilty pleasure

1907, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Guilty pleasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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