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 Fast forward to current day, my guilty pleasure as an adult is to reacquire all those Prince records on vinyl to help fulfill my birthright. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 One way to make pursuing a goal that normally feels like a chore more fun is to combine it with a guilty pleasure. Katy Milkman, CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 The original show, both a stranger-than-fiction docuseries and a trashy, guilty pleasure for some, boasted some of the most bizarre real-life characters seen on TV. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 It’s my guilty pleasure gaming experience, and blessedly free of all the open-world stuff that makes titles like Far Cry feel so bloated. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Watching winter weather reports from other parts of the country is a guilty pleasure. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 6 Nov. 2021 No matter your guilty pleasure, there is something for everyone on Goldbelly. Madison Yauger,, 2 Nov. 2021 There’s a gelato place in Altadena, Bulgarini, that is a guilty pleasure. David Hochman, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 It’s the guilty pleasure of cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz as one of the toppings. Phillip Valys,, 27 Oct. 2021

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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 2022

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“Guilty pleasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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