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
The line brings Anderson’s penchant for traditional British prints and staples (think plaid puffers, tweed coats, and Fair Isle sweaters) with Uniqlo’s signature materials and fabrications (from its extra fine merino to its HeatTech technology).
Apparently neither age nor inaccuracy has mellowed Gore’s penchant for the apocalyptic.
His contracts are legendary, but so is his penchant for Dean and Moose (Sam).
This event -- which runs Friday-July 2 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel -- is sure to draw a crowd with a penchant for science fiction and fantasy.
Shoppers’ penchant for picking their own produce and the unprofitable nature of delivering fresh food to homes has given Wal-Mart a rare edge over Amazon and breathing room...
With Michael Jackson’s falsetto and a millennial penchant for writing songs almost exclusively about partying until the sunrises, Abel Tesfaye’s the Weeknd is a hot pop commodity these days.
Given its penchant for slow-motion shots, fussy art direction, and love of color and patterns, Fuller’s work can often feel like an exercise in optics.
The move comes at a time when retailers generally are struggling to cope with consumers’ growing penchant for shopping online.
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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: 1672See Words from the same year
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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