guilty pleasure


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guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. I know these gossip magazines are trashy, but reading them on my commute home is my guilty pleasure!
See also: guilty, pleasure
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The title is a woman's name, followed by the word "virgin." Jane the Virgin never stood a chance of being anything but a "guilty pleasure."
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Born out of a segment on London DJ Sean Rowley's radio show, where he selected songs people deemed as a "little bit cheesy or naff but were really great records", Guilty Pleasures launched as a club night back in 2004, and, in the years since, has become nothing short of a global phenomenon with events everywhere from Australia to Abu Dhabi, not to mention GP stages at some of the biggest festivals in the UK, like Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude.
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Non-stop plot twists and melodrama make indulging in this guilty pleasure oh-so-satisfying.
12 at Luckey's, sang a song that didn't seem so much a guilty pleasure considering how well it suited her.
Pride and Prejudice (again) - it's my guilty pleasure.
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A literary icon, Louisa May Alcott outdid her contemporaries by indulging in what is regarded as a guilty pleasure in the cultured society of her day.
By Christie Craig this one is pure guilty pleasure.
I very rarely write letters to the editor but this one, about your editorial in the September issue ("Guilty Pleasure"), I had to send.
With video clips, photographs and a rating system, this is a great guilty pleasure for anyone with a dark sense of humour