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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
From tightrope walkers to a gorilla with a penchant for cell phones, from a leaping Lamar Jackson to a solitary moment between a man and his horse.
Puel cited Jamie Vardy's penchant for performing against the top sides in the league.
The bill takes aim at Trump’s perceived penchant for flouting norms regarding conflicts of interest.
The pieces in the collection will demonstrate Owens’ penchant for mixing poetry and art with punk and anarchy.
The Washington Post, on Trump's penchant for identifying a villain.
A few months after making the most of a situation that landed him a spot on the varsity baseball roster, Dubnicka has developed a penchant for late goals that helped Arrowhead stay afloat before finishing strong in Classic 8 soccer play.
Alabama is one of the hardest places in the United States for black people to vote, and activists have lamented that but for the state’s penchant for voter suppression, the final numbers for black turnout would have been even higher.
An aggressive forechecking team with a premier goalie and a penchant for dominating third periods?
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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
First Known Use: 1672See Words from the same year
Synonymsaffection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, inclination, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn
Related Wordsfavor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity
Near Antonymsallergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern
Synonym Discussion of penchant
- a student with artistic leanings
- a propensity to offer advice
- a proclivity for violence
- a penchant for taking risks
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