Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


All little failings, peccadilloes, and asperities are strictly fined.

At this point I recalled all the peccadilloes which most troubled my conscience.

But you cannot saddle him, in the flesh or out of it, with your peccadilloes.

I began to be sorry for this man, in spite of his peccadilloes.

My sins were all peccadilloes; I always respected my neighbor's property—my neighbor's wife.

For who is it that is not interested in hearing the peccadilloes of his neighbor aired?

The other sins of the decalogue he had come by habit to regard as peccadilloes.

What does he think of Propertius's peccadilloes, by the way?

Have I not watched her hiding the boys' peccadilloes from papa's anger?

My merchandise revived the memory of peccadilloes that had been long forgotten, and sentences that were forgiven.


"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.).