guilty pleasure


: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

Examples of guilty pleasure in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guilty pleasure was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Guilty pleasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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