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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.
Bell noted Brown's penchant for coming up with big-time performances in big matches.
Bolsonaro’s penchant for inflammatory statements, which have caused critics to brand him as homophobic, misogynistic, and racist, doesn’t seem to deter his supporters, who see him as a Brazilian Trump (minus the fortune).
Jaiani’s penchant for drama is perfectly tuned for the title role as her bashful naivete transforms into passionate love for Albrecht, then into woeful mania.
At least one person on Twitter wondered whether there were hordes of new bow ties — a penchant of the mayor’s wardrobe — contained in the Amazon boxes.
In 2015, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow made a documentary about another titan of New Hollywood—De Palma, whose penchant for voyeurism and Alfred Hitchcock homages made him one of the most recognizable auteurs of the era.
The core of the book – much like the core of wrestling itself -- is storytelling, and there are some great ones which provided unique challenges for Laprade, considering wrestlers’ penchant for exaggeration.
Statements such as that only fuel the feeling among many that LaVar Ball is an egomaniac whose penchant for self-promotion is exceeded only by the size of his ego.
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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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