Definition of penchant
: a strong and continued inclination; broadly : liking
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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
But the city owes some of its popularity to an economic crisis — and the socialist policies of a president with a penchant for bashing the United States.
In fact, the global energy industry—which has been known for its penchant for decades-long planning and pervasive resistance to change—has become one of the nimblest, fastest, and most innovative industries around.
One, Trump does not accept the dominant scientific consensus on climate change and has a penchant for conspiracy theories that cast experts like researchers, doctors, or government agencies in the role of villain.
That offense that appeared to shake its penchant for strikeouts?
Rascher said her mother also is a perfectionist with a penchant for orderliness, but above all a modest woman.
The defense had filed two separate motions on the issue, but neither has been made public by the judge — highly unusual ordinarily, but not for Gaughan, whose penchant for secrecy was the subject of a front-page Chicago Tribune article in February.
Perenchio’s penchant for privacy was particularly unusual in the land of high-octane egos and personal publicists.
One of the founders, Ben Silbermann, said in an interview that the idea stemmed from his penchant for collecting.
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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
French, from present participle of pencher to incline, from Vulgar Latin *pendicare, from Latin pendere to weigh
First Known Use: 1672
Synonym Discussion of penchant
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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