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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Richard Quinn, a designer with a penchant for punchy florals and mixed prints, was the 2018 recipient. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla Sits Front-Row at London Fashion Week on the Queen's Behalf," 19 Feb. 2019 The tickets were initially spotted by Gary Leff, a travel blogger and airline expert with a penchant for noticing cheap deals and publicizing them. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Airline Prices $16,000 Luxury Flight at $675 After 'Ticketing Error' on New Year's Day," 2 Jan. 2019 But this penchant for inducing stress in readers/viewers is definitely part of the storytelling design — both in Adams’s original plot and in the tweaks that director Noam Murro has made to it in this miniseries. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 The British series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as Eve Polastri (Oh), a British intelligence agent tracking Villanelle (Comer), an assassin with a penchant for castration. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 Though only on day four of the royal tour, Duchess Meghan has already shown a penchant for Australian designers, sporting styles from the likes of Dion Lee and denim brand Outland throughout the week. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears The Perfect Vacation Dress at Bondi Beach," 18 Oct. 2018 Over the course of his short but already notable career, director Damien Chazelle has shown a penchant for stripping away romanticized idealism to expose the more honest, human truths hidden underneath. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 This isn’t the first time Gruden has shown a penchant for older players. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "If You’re Too Old for the NFL, You’re Perfect for the Oakland Raiders," 16 Aug. 2018 Saucedo, 21, has shown his penchant for scoring golazos with youth teams for both club and country. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 13: The Players Have Had Enough of VAR," 28 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

noun

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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