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Definition a petty misdeed
  • a politician known more for his peccadilloes than his policy
  • I was not charged with that peccadillo, so perhaps some other poor devil has been hanged for it, long since.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • At the very least some minor sexual manipulation, some bygone peccadillo now denied him, prohibited by law and punishable by amputation.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • You have too good a right to a free pardon, to render you very scrupulous about peccadilloes.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He must keep his mind on her crimes as a special adviser, not on her peccadillos as a personality.
    James Thurber  --  The Catbird Seat
  • Any of which peccadilloes, if Miss Sharp discovered, she did not tell them to Lady Crawley; who would have told them to the father, or worse, to Mr. Crawley; but promised not to tell if Miss Violet would be a good girl and love her governess.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They hate me for a few past peccadilloes, so I cannot venture there with you, but if you would speak them fair and perhaps hint at your mission, I feel they would let you walk the Pattern of Rebma, which, while it is the reverse of that in Amber, should have the same effect.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • In her friendly way she elicited this and that about my life and thoughts without actually asking questions and listened attentively to my confessions, while at the same time she did not give them more importance than an intelligent and motherly woman would to the peccadilloes of men.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I ran for miles and miles on country lanes, learned how to carry a dozen pints of beer up steep stairs, indulged in numerous romantic peccadilloes with appetizing girls and boys, and journeyed to Provincetown for midweek beach excursions on my days off throughout the summer and fall.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • ...was a question that no one had yet decided against him; he was but twenty-one, you remember, and we don't inquire too closely into character in the case of a handsome generous young fellow, who will have property enough to support numerous peccadilloes—who, if he should unfortunately break a man's legs in his rash driving, will be able to pension him handsomely; or if he should happen to spoil a woman's existence for her, will make it up to her with expensive bon-bons, packed up and...
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Rain, exposure at dewfall on the searocks, a peccadillo at my time of life.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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