(peh-kah-DIL-loh, peh-kah-DEE-yoh) A small sin; a minor offense; a trifling fault.
   there are several books out in China which deal with the President’s peccadilloes. —Time, July 6, 1998.

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  • Peccadillo — (plural either peccadillos or peccadillos ), from the Latin word for sin, is commonly used for a petty misdeed and, by extension, for an antic. Peccadillo , the song Peccadillo is the title of a song by the Richmond, Virginia group known as The… …   Wikipedia

  • Peccadillo — Pec ca*dil lo, n.; pl. {Peccadillos}. [Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado a sin, fr. L. peccatum. See {Peccant}.] A slight trespass or offense; a petty crime or fault. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peccadillo — index guilt, impropriety, malfeasance, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misfeasance Burton s …   Law dictionary

  • peccadillo — slight sin, 1590s, from Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado a sin, from L. peccatum a sin, fault, error, from neut. pp. of peccare to make a mistake, sin, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • peccadillo — meaning ‘a trifling offence’, has the plural form peccadilloes (preferred) or peccadillos …   Modern English usage

  • peccadillo — [n] small fault bad habit, faux pas, impropriety, indiscretion, minor fault, minor infraction, minor sin, misdemeanor, petty offense, slight transgression, small infraction, small sin, venial sin, vice; concepts 372,645 …   New thesaurus

  • peccadillo — ► NOUN (pl. pecadilloes or pecadillos) ▪ a minor sin or fault. ORIGIN Spanish, from Latin peccare to sin …   English terms dictionary

  • peccadillo — [pek΄ə dil′ō] n. pl. peccadilloes or peccadillos [Sp pecadilo, dim. < pecado < L peccatum, a sin < peccare, to sin] a minor or petty sin; slight fault …   English World dictionary

  • peccadillo — UK [ˌpekəˈdɪləʊ] / US [ˌpekəˈdɪloʊ] noun [countable] Word forms peccadillo : singular peccadillo plural peccadilloes or peccadillos an immoral action that is not very serious or harmful …   English dictionary

  • peccadillo — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. mistake, violation, error; see fault 2 , sin . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [PEK uh DIL oh] a minor fault, sin or offense. The media has a way of flushing out a politician s every peccadillo. SYN.:… …   English dictionary for students

  • peccadillo — noun (plural loes or los) Etymology: Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin, from Latin peccatum, from neuter of peccatus, past participle of peccare Date: 1600 a slight offense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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