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peccadillo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peccadillo a petty misdeed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peccadillo A slight trespass or offense; a petty crime; a trifling fault.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peccadillo A slight trespass or offense; a petty crime or fault.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peccadillo pek-a-dil′lo a little or trifling sin: a petty fault
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado, a sin, fr. L. peccatum,. See Peccant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado—L. peccatum, a sin.

Usage

In literature:

Had he gone the length of his thirty-five years without his peccadillos?
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Even children and young girls have been punished for peccadillos that were absolutely untrue.
"Fighting France" by Stephane Lauzanne
But somehow her peccadilloes were always forgiven.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
The detection of my next peccadillo was not followed by such baneful effects.
"Confessions of an Etonian" by I. E. M.
He speaks himself of 'equivocating pretty genteelly' in regard to one of his peccadilloes.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
I would not have mentioned Carnival's peccadillo had not the thing been so uncommon in France.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
So with our pleasant-minded Pepys and his peccadilloes.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
They all believe that a man must have no peccadillos, once he has signed the marriage contract.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
As a matter of fact, I have dealt far too leniently with the peccadillos of the ornithological systematist.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
They were, as a matter of fact, merely charged with the following peccadilloes, among others.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Palace gossip treated it as a very ordinary peccadillo.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Forgive him his peccadillo.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
Like Melita I am never a bit repentant of my peccadilloes.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
I do not know whether a husband's comfort is ever perfect till some family peccadilloes have been conclusively proved against him.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
So with our pleasant-minded Pepys and his peccadilloes.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
While she might have overlooked his less important peccadilloes, she was determined not to follow him further in his course of crime.
"John Marsh's Millions" by Charles Klein
She finds it very hard to forgive her own little peccadillos.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
But you cannot saddle him, in the flesh or out of it, with your peccadilloes.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
But this was regarded by the governor as a trifling peccadillo.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
Make no unnecessary disclosures of your little peccadilloes.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
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In poetry:

My mind is the receptacle for all
The peccadilloes of mine enemies.
I hold them sternly at my beck and call,
Just as I please.
And it was I who hid in that dark lane
And heard them plan the wrecking of the train.
"Aha! Beware" by C J Dennis

In news:

Most of President Obama's "missteps" to date have been Washington peccadilloes of the "let's find something to complain about" sort.
The tax peccadillos of Tim Geithner may not sink his bid to become the next Treasury secretary, but they have tarnished a bit the aura of President-elect Obama's incoming team.
Sure there are some peccadilloes, such as the roaring traffic of I-95 and the occasional large freighter floating down the river.
If his family is aware of his peccadillo, he couldn't be blackmailed.
No book is perfect and, indeed, many winning books often display these peccadilloes .
100A Brewer Ln Carrboro, NC 27510 Orange County 919-351-9391 peccadillo .us.
Peccadillo ( peccadillo .us) in Carrboro is a tiny bar down Brewer Lane off Franklin Street, just before the train tracks.
1 spy can't keep his personal peccadilloes under wraps, then how safe are the nation's covert operations.
Why not a statute of limitations on the misdeeds and peccadilloes of Presidential candidates.
P Colebatch's thoughtful lament today on the peccadilloes of the UK's Dirty Harry made me ponder what the always dignified Elizabeth II ever did to deserve so many undignified relations.
The Peccadillo Theatre Company's New York City premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's new comedy Ten Chimneys begins performances Sept 21 at Theatre at St Clement's.
No book is perfect and, indeed, many winning books often display these peccadilloes.
It happens to the best of us: We flip idly through TV channels, sampling the peccadilloes of unrealistic housewives and reality show villains, but the real draw, the show we watch to the end, is the humble procedural Law & Order.
Of his peccadilloes, a deplorable thing, a mistake, Like all pleas for forgiveness, but he persisted.
Bush's controversies have involved policy rather than personal peccadilloes, and the media have a much bigger appetite for the latter.
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