Definition of peccadillo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ

noun (plural peccadilloes or peccadillos)

  • A relatively minor fault or sin: the sexual peccadilloes of celebrities aren’t necessarily news
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    • A series of minor government ministers was involved in a variety of sexual peccadilloes and had to resign.
    • A serious lie is told to cover a minor peccadillo.
    • Their sexual peccadillos, family differences and even flaws of personal character were commonly regarded as their own business, not the public's.
    misdemeanour, minor offence, petty offence, delinquency; indiscretion, lapse, misdeed, infraction, error, slip
    informal slip-up


late 16th century: from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado 'sin', from Latin peccare 'to sin'.

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