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Examples of predilection in a Sentence
- It's true that black audiences have always had a predilection for talking back at performances. But more than that is going on in this theatre: the intensity of engagement is palpable. —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New Yorker, 3 Feb. 1997
- The predilection of certain upper-class Englishmen toward eccentricity and playacting lent itself well to this endeavor. —Robert D. Kaplan, The Arabists, 1993
- Even seated in the witness chair, he did not remove the light-colored, belted raincoat that, in common with knee-high boots, is a predilection of the Nazi-minded and that, in his case, was nearly identical to the raincoat Hitler habitually wore. —Kay Boyle, "Preface from the Smoking …," 1950, in Words that Must Somehow be Said: Selected Essays of Kay Boyle 1927–1984, 1985
a young lad with a predilection for telling tall tales
Recent Examples of predilection from the Web
Mark plays their nine-year-old son who had a predilection to dress in girl’s clothes.
Anyone who had followed her account across her tenure on Twitter was already well aware of her predilection for bonkers conspiracy theories, outright racist slags, and countless other acts of seemingly semi-intentional trolling.
The group’s predilection for warm baths was first reported in the winter of 1963, when a juvenile female snow monkey was seen soaking in an outdoor hot spring that belonged to a hotel near Jigokudani.
And in what was perhaps the most lavish illustration of this predilection, McGrath anointed seven models at Prada with dramatic multihued swoops, further decorated with Swarovski-crystal studs, turning their orbs into dazzling winged victories.
For, looking at plucky little Ruby Bridges, one is very likely to think of the current secretary of education and her continuing predilection for charter schools.
Categorized by owners Brian Holleran and Brian Moss as New York-style pizza, Il Rione took the best of the boroughs, throwing in a little New Jersey for regional diversity, then synthesized the results with their own personal pizza predilections.
Another way to gain insight into the predilections of the royal family is by examining the brands that hold the royal warrant — the top-of-the-line British purveyors that have earned the royal family’s seal of approval.
But spiders do not show any predilection for human flesh, preferring the taste of insects and another small beastie called collembola, or springtail.
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predilection Has a Versatile Latin Root
Do you have a predilection for words whose histories conjure up colorful images of Wild West heroes, medieval knaves, Arabian princes, and intemperate gods, or are words with straightforward Latin roots more your style? If you favor the latter, you'll love "predilection." It's based on the Latin verb legere, which means "to gather" or "to read." That versatile root is also the source of many other familiar English words, including "collect," "lesson," "sacrilege," and "legume."
Synonym Discussion of predilection
- a predilection for travel
- a prepossession against technology
- a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar
- a strong bias toward the plaintiff
PREDILECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predilection for English Language Learners
: a natural liking for something : a tendency to do or to be attracted to something
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