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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
Macron’s proposals will draw on a report by Cedric Villani, a mathematician with a penchant for Gothic suits who’s now a French lawmaker.
The students simply want safe schools and to keep guns out of the hands of minors and those with a penchant for violence.
This afternoon saw the actress en route to a London press conference for her new spy thriller, Red Sparrow, channeling her character Dominika's professional penchant for a femme fatale show of skin.
Kline was a Tony Award-winning Juilliard graduate from St. Louis with a penchant for Shakespeare.
Two hedonists with a penchant for Jim Beam and bad decisions.
Paltrow has a knack for vacation dressing, with a penchant for crisp, all white, both before and after Labor Day.
One large issue with the original release was the penchant for players to ignore targets and the whole affair to last an unreasonable amount of time.
With a penchant for head-turning suiting, the singer rarely makes an appearance without one that's classically tailored and boasts a bright color, bold print, or—this time— eye-catching glitter.
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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
affection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, inclination, leaning, partiality, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn;
Synonym Discussion of penchant
- a student with artistic leanings
- a propensity to offer advice
- a proclivity for violence
- a penchant for taking risks
PENCHANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penchant for English Language Learners
: a strong liking for something or a strong tendency to behave in a certain way
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