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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
Over the past year, the 34-year-old has demonstrated an uncanny ability to match Trump’s penchant for stagecraft, bombast and propaganda.
Occasionally, Bourdain’s penchant to spotlight minorities attracted a backlash.
President Trump’s penchant for pummeling allies while pampering adversaries was perversely apparent in the last few days.
In a supporting role as Giacometti’s beleaguered wife, who endures her husband’s penchant for prostitutes, the great, undervalued French actress Sylvie Testud strikes the film’s most resonant note.
Although the Coup never reached worldwide acclaim, Riley’s penchant for challenging the system is something that could never be taken from him.
At the same time, largely because of America’s penchant for handing out long sentences, the number of people over 55 in state prisons rose from 26,300 to 131,500, and their share of the total more than tripled.
Joe Skipper Either way, his latest idea reflects Musk’s penchant for publicly battling media outlets, analysts, and investors who raise questions about his business.
Arguably the one of the most definitive soundtracks of the '90s, if not one of the very best, Baz Luhrmann’s penchant for putting contemporary music in bygone era paid off in a big way.
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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").
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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