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Examples of penchant in a Sentence
- Aside from the Catholic penchant for fish on Fridays, there is also the tradition of eating red beans and rice on Monday … —Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2005
- Whether manifested in feminine decor or in an approach to teaching that assumes a female penchant for cooperative, or "connected," learning, stereotypical notions of femininity often infect institutions for women and girls. —Wendy Kaminer, Atlantic, April 1998
- From both her father and mother she had inherited a penchant for art, literature, philosophy, and music. Already at eighteen she was dreaming of painting, singing, writing poetry, writing books, acting—anything and everything. —Theodore Dreiser, The Titan, 1914
a penchant for sitting by the window and staring moodily off into space
Recent Examples of penchant from the Web
This political odd couple appeared to represent two wings of the party: Gauland, a firebrand conservative with a penchant for provocation, and Weidel, an economist, lesbian, and mother, who was drawn to the party because of its euro-skeptic roots.
Composers like Janácek and Mr. Adès also have this penchant; Mr. Aucoin carries it even further, to dramatic effect.
Her unfortunate penchant for stress urination means that her presence isn’t always welcomed.
Australia, like England, has a penchant for serving things on toast.
Leave a Note Park Hyatt Chicago is like that enviable aunt of yours: Stylish, but not without substance, and with a penchant for pared-back luxury that's far from in-your-face.
Whatever was driving this penchant for vibrant colors, funky patterns, and fast fashion—which spanned the spectrum of too-tight and leggy to too cutesy—did not last long upon arriving in Paris.
Twitter’s power users have a penchant for freaking out at even the slightest tweak, so the backlash to a potential change this big is sure to be swift and severe.
To my ears, Mutter’s penchant for extreme contrasts of dynamics, tone and speed sounded anachronistic and crossed the line from expressive refinement to mannerism.
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What is the Difference Between penchant, leaning, propensity, And proclivity?
Like its synonyms "leaning," "propensity," and "proclivity," "penchant" implies a strong instinct or liking for something. But these four words, while similar, are also distinguished by subtle differences. "Leaning" usually suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable ("a student with artistic leanings"), whereas "propensity" tends to imply a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination ("a propensity to offer advice"). "Proclivity" frequently suggests a strong, natural proneness to something objectionable or evil ("a proclivity for violence"). "Penchant," a descendant of Latin pendere ("to weigh"), typically implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object ("a penchant for taking risks").
Origin and Etymology of penchant
First Known Use: 1672See Words from the same year
Synonymsaffection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, inclination, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn
Related Wordsfavor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity
Near Antonymsallergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern
Synonym Discussion of penchant
- a student with artistic leanings
- a propensity to offer advice
- a proclivity for violence
- a penchant for taking risks
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