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pec·ca·dil·lo

 (pĕk′ə-dĭl′ō)
n. pl. pec·ca·dil·loes or pec·ca·dil·los
A small sin or fault.

[Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado, sin, and Italian peccadiglio, diminutive of peccato, sin, both from Latin peccātum, from neuter of peccātus, past participle of peccāre, to sin; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

peccadillo

(ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ)
n, pl -loes or -los
a petty sin or trifling fault
[C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress]

pec•ca•dil•lo

(ˌpɛk əˈdɪl oʊ)

n., pl. -loes, -los.
a minor or slight sin or offense; trifling fault.
[1585–95; < Sp pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin < Latin peccātum transgression, n. use of neuter past participle of peccāre to sin.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peccadillo - a petty misdeed
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior

peccadillo

noun misdeed, slip, error, lapse, indiscretion, misdemeanour, infraction, petty sin, trifling fault extra-marital peccadilloes by public figures
Translations

peccadillo

[ˌpekəˈdɪləʊ] N (peccadillos or peccadilloes (pl)) → pecadillo m, falta f leve

peccadillo

n pl <-(e)s> → kleine Sünde; (of youth)Jugendsünde f

peccadillo

[ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ] npeccatuccio
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And on the strength of peccadillos, reprehensible in an author, but excusable in a son, the Anglo-Saxon race is accused of prudishness, humbug, pretentiousness, deceit, cunning, and bad cooking.
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You have too good a right to a free pardon, to render you very scrupulous about peccadilloes.''
In childhood, I had always been accustomed to regard him with a feeling of reverential awe - but lately, even now, surmounted, for, though he had a fatherly kindness for the well-behaved, he was a strict disciplinarian, and had often sternly reproved our juvenile failings and peccadilloes; and moreover, in those days, whenever he called upon our parents, we had to stand up before him, and say our catechism, or repeat, 'How doth the little busy bee,' or some other hymn, or - worse than all - be questioned about his last text, and the heads of the discourse, which we never could remember.
Perhaps there are peasants who remove their neighbor's landmark without much scruple; or they may cut a few osiers that belong to some one else, if they happen to want some; but these are mere peccadilloes compared with the wrongdoing that goes on among a town population.
[Corporations have redefined "news" as personal scandal and celebrity peccadillos. There are some obvious advantages to this strategy, not the least being that a citizenry fixated upon the fate of John Bobbitt's penis or Nancy Kerrigan's knee isn't going to have much in the way of mental resources left for the major issues of the day.
Now a middle-aged teacher whose peccadillos include a gambling problem, Joe is responding to a call from the past linked to his little sister Annie - who, after briefly vanishing, had come home spookily altered.
We Brits, mocked in France for our lack of interest in sex and our censorious approach to peccadillos which most other nationalities would applaud in a man, have been surprised by French press reaction.