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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
Unfortunately, their companionship and predilection for pest control quickly got out of hand.
But after Clinton failed to succeed Obama, some argued that that her predilection for wonkiness caused her to get lost in the weeds, in contrast to Trump’s simple, memorable campaign pledges.
And Riggs, a natural showman with a gambling predilection, was a big part of that match's success.
In the early days of paleontology, artists inevitably infused the genre not only with their own personal predilections and aesthetic preferences but with broader cultural aspirations and anxieties.
Book a tarot reading class or a session with a crystal healer: Now’s the chance to indulge your slightly woo-woo predilections.
Until his The Mountain Between Us costar Kate Winslet revealed his predilection for feet on The Graham Norton Show.
Whoever is responsible, the gaffe was noticed quickly by folks on Twitter, with many offering one-liners about the hypocrisy of Cruz's apparent predilection for porn.
But a predilection for big plays (19.3 yards per catch this season) make Jones stand out as a back-breaker for any defense, and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian expressed a desire this week to keep him involved throughout the game.
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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."
Synonymsaffection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, penchant, inclination, 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 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
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