Péché mignon

Un péché mignon
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Indulgent French Expression

Meaning indulgence, weakness, minor vice
Literally cute sin
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Pronunciation [pay shay mee nyo(n)]
IPA   [pe ʃe mi ɲɔ̃]

Usage notes: The French expression un péché mignon refers to an indulgence, a small luxury that is considered "bad" for some reason (e.g., unhealthy, expensive, overly indulgent).

Par exemple…

Le gâteau est mon péché mignon.   Cake is my weakness.
Si j’ai un péché mignon, c’est le champagne.   If I have one vice, it’s champagne.
Elle a une centaine de livres de cuisine, c’est son péché mignon.   She has a hundred cookbooks, it’s her one indulgence.

Synonyms

  • une gâterie
  • un luxe
  • un petit plaisir

More expressions with péché

  • un péché de jeunesse – youthful indiscretion
  • un péché mortel – mortal sin
  • le péché d’orgueil – the sin of pride
  • le péché originel – original sin
  • un péché véniel – venial sin
  • un petit péché – peccadillo, trivial mistake
  • les sept péchés capitaux – the seven deadly sins

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