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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Definitions for peccadillo

  1. a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.

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Citations for peccadillo
She longed for some recognition by him, even if it took the form of accusing her of serious wrong-doing, that there were difficulties in their marriage that went deeper than his mother's displeasure over what was at most a peccadillo. Edith Wharton, The Buccaneers, 1938
Public scandal broke in April 1937 over the maltreatment of a 19-year-old youth in a French reformatory. The boy, sentenced for a peccadillo, had been put for five months on a bread-and-water diet in a solitary cell without light, heat, ventilation or bed. , "Movie of the Week: Prison Without Bars," Life, March 13, 1939
Origin of peccadillo
Peccadillo has a mixed etymology. In Spanish the word is spelled pecadillo (with one c); the Italian word is spelled peccadiglio (with two c’s). Both words are diminutive nouns ultimately deriving from Latin peccatum, which in Classical Latin means “fault, mistake, transgression,” and also “sin.” In Christian Latin, e.g., the Vulgate, peccatum means “guilt, punishment for sin, sin.” The word entered English in the late 1500s.
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