V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a minor offense or fault

Synonyms: blemish, weakness, error, vice, violation, fault, mistake

Antonyms: virtue, merit, strength

Tips: Peccadillo, in Spanish, means "little sin." In English, peccadillo has come to mean a small fault, mistake, or blemish and is a sophisticated, though somewhat high-brow, way of commenting on a minor fault.

Usage Examples:

We've all told a white lie; it's a common peccadillo. (fault, weakness)

The fact that he never replaced the cap on the toothpaste was his only peccadillo that really bugged me. (fault)

The speeding ticket was the only peccadillo on my otherwise perfect driving record. (blemish, violation)

I occasionally like to have a cigarette when I'm at a party, but I don't see it as a major sin, just a peccadillo. (vice, weakness)

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