penchant

noun
pen·​chant | \ ˈpen-chənt How to pronounce penchant (audio) , especially British ˈpäⁿ-ˌshäⁿ\

Definition of penchant

: a strong and continued inclination broadly : liking

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leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable. a student with artistic leanings propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination. a propensity to offer advice proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil. a proclivity for violence penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object. a penchant for taking risks

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").

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
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The tea house/restaurant/bar serves up an incredibly spicy menu, thanks to the chef's penchant for chili. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Shanghai from $405 Round-Trip," 18 May 2018 Americans are now accustomed to Trump's penchant for turning domestic policy battles and global disputes into media narratives, complete with heroes, villains, moments of high tension, happy endings and, of course, a star — himself. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Trump's reality-show handling of prisoner release belies hard diplomacy ahead with North Korea," 10 May 2018 But as reports continue to raise issues — from questions over renting a condo from a lobbyist friend to a penchant for 24-hour security and first-class travel — Republican lawmakers are growing impatient. Ashley Killough, Jim Acosta And Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "Republicans want answers from Scott Pruitt," 24 Apr. 2018 That's owed to Zvyagintsev's penchant for long, lingering shots, which emphasizes mood over kinetic energy, and which also at times creates a drag on the narrative. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Loveless' movie review: A grim reflection of Putin's Russia," 18 Apr. 2018 Chalk it up to women’s penchant toward overpreparedness, or a lack of role models. Diana Kapp, Marie Claire, "“When you drop out, Silicon Valley showers you with compliments.”," 17 Jan. 2018 The Night King has a penchant for leaving behind his victims in spooky patterns. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Origins of the White Walkers' Terrifying Spiral Symbol in Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 But vintage dressing does fall within Markle's penchant for sustainable choices with her ensembles. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle Go to the Same Vintage Dealer," 13 Mar. 2019 Wednesday's vote by league owners to award the 2024 Super Bowl to New Orleans proves the league, despite its penchant for misguided decision-making, still knows the best place to host its annual showcase event. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "The NFL got it right: New Orleans is the best Super Bowl city in the world," 23 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'penchant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of penchant

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penchant

French, from present participle of pencher to incline, from Vulgar Latin *pendicare, from Latin pendere to weigh

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penchant

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English Language Learners Definition of penchant

: a strong liking for something or a strong tendency to behave in a certain way

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