peccadillo

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From Spanish pecadillo, diminutive form of pecado (sin), from Latin peccatum (sin, error, fault), from peccō (I sin, offend).

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peccadillo (plural peccadillos or peccadilloes)

  1. A small flaw or sin.
  2. A petty offense.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 106):
      When he comes to the prayer, he sometimes does me the honor of personally recommending me to the Lord, advising him that I am a worthy man and begging him to condone my occasional peccadillos.

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