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In the world's eyes a matrimonial slip outweighs a peccadillo.

There is such family loyalty that every peccadillo is consecrated.

Rain, exposure at dewfall on the searocks, a peccadillo at my time of life.

But had he not atoned for this peccadillo fifty-fold by the results of his absence?

In fact, homicide on the frontier, as compared with horse-stealing, is a peccadillo.

What she formerly regarded as a monstrous crime, she now spoke of as a peccadillo.

In truth they had shared in the indiscretion and been partners in the peccadillo.

The examiner had committed a peccadillo, George a terrible crime.

The peccadillo on his part had been very small, but he must be assured.

Question follows question; and my peccadillo stands confessed.

WORD ORIGIN

"slight sin," 1590s (earlier in corrupt form peccadilian, 1520s), from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado "a sin," from Latin peccatum "a sin, fault, error," noun use of neuter past participle of peccare "to miss, mistake, make a mistake, do amiss; transgress, offend, be licentious, sin," perhaps literally "to stumble," from a PIE verbal root *ped- "to walk, stumble, fall," related to the root of foot (n.).

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