peccadillo

[pek-uh-dil-oh]
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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

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indiscretion, impropriety, misdemeanor, vice

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British Dictionary definitions for peccadillo

peccadillo

noun plural -loes or -los
  1. a petty sin or trifling fault

Word Origin for peccadillo

C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress
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Word Origin and History for peccadillo
n.

"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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