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[pek-uh-dil-oh] /ˌpɛk əˈdɪl oʊ/
noun, plural peccadilloes, peccadillos.
a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
Origin of peccadillo
1585-95; < Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin < Latin peccātum transgression, noun use of neuter of past participle of peccāre to err, offend
lapse, slip, faux pas, indiscretion. Unabridged
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  • All little failings, peccadilloes, and asperities are strictly fined.

    Dolly Reforming Herself Henry Arthur Jones
  • At this point I recalled all the peccadilloes which most troubled my conscience.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • But you cannot saddle him, in the flesh or out of it, with your peccadilloes.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett
  • I began to be sorry for this man, in spite of his peccadilloes.

    Dolly Dialogues Anthony Hope
  • My sins were all peccadilloes; I always respected my neighbor's property—my neighbor's wife.

    The Europeans Henry James
  • For who is it that is not interested in hearing the peccadilloes of his neighbor aired?

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for peccadilloes


noun (pl) -loes, -los
a petty sin or trifling fault
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress
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Word Origin and History for peccadilloes



"slight sin," 1590s (earlier in corrupt form peccadilian, 1520s), from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado "a sin," from Latin peccatum "a sin, fault, error," noun use of neuter past participle of peccare "to miss, mistake, make a mistake, do amiss; transgress, offend, be licentious, sin," perhaps literally "to stumble," from a PIE verbal root *ped- "to walk, stumble, fall," related to the root of foot (n.).

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