Criminal and prohibition

peccadillo
(n)
pec-ǝ-DILL-o
Meaning

slight offense or sin

1st Sample Sentence

She regarded her husband's smoking as a mere peccadillo, but his drinking as a really dangerous bad habit.

Root

peccare (to miss, mistake, make a mistake, transgress, offend, sin) (Latin)

Mnemonics

"pecc" (actually, pecado) refers to "mistake" as in impeccable. pecking others etc. , So, peccadillo means small mistake. no one is PUKKA. we tend to do small and petty mistakes pecc (mistake) + dillo (dhila)means loose, so small mistake.

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