penchant


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pen·chant

 (pĕn′chənt)
n.
A definite liking; a strong inclination. See Synonyms at predilection.

[French, from present participle of pencher, to incline, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, from Latin pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

penchant

(ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ)
n
a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste
[C17: from French, from pencher to incline, from Latin pendēre to be suspended]

pen•chant

(ˈpɛn tʃənt; (esp. Brit.) Fr. pɑ̃ˈʃɑ̃)

n.
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something.
[1665–75; < French, n. use of present participle of pencher to incline, lean < Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, derivative of Latin pendēre to hang]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penchant - a strong likingpenchant - a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
liking - a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"
acquired taste - a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience; "martinis are an acquired taste"
weakness - a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you; "he has a weakness for chocolate"

penchant

penchant

noun
Translations

penchant

[ˌpɑ̃ːŋʃɑ̃ːŋ] Npredilección f (for por) → inclinación f (for hacia, por) to have a penchant fortener predilección por

penchant

[ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ] npenchant m
to have a penchant for sth → avoir un penchant pour qch

penchant

nSchwäche f(for für), Vorliebe f(for für)

penchant

[ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ] n (frm) → debole m, penchant m inv
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They were going from end to end of the country in all manner of useful missionary capacities; their penchant for wandering, and their experience in it, made them altogether the most effective spreaders of civilization we had.
Little friend," said he, in quite a changed tone--while his face changed too, losing all its softness and gravity, and becoming harsh and sarcastic--"you have noticed my tender penchant for Miss Ingram: don't you think if I married her she would regenerate me with a vengeance?
But if I have a penchant, Monsieur Bon-Bon - if I have a penchant, it is for a philosopher.
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He ran across a book in the library on the care of the body, and promptly developed a penchant for a cold-water bath every morning, much to the amazement of Jim, and to the bewilderment of Mr.
I remember, somewhere, sitting in a circle with Japanese fishermen, Kanaka boat-steerers from our own vessels, and a young Danish sailor fresh from cowboying in the Argentine and with a penchant for native customs and ceremonials.
Wickson exercised tremendous social power in the university town, and from them emanated the sentiment that I was a too-forward and self-assertive young woman with a mischievous penchant for officiousness and interference in other persons' affairs.
With a turn for literary expression myself, and a penchant for forcible figures and phrases, I appreciated, as no other listener, I dare say, the peculiar vividness and strength and absolute blasphemy of his metaphors.
However, when they discover videotapes of people being killed in their room, they realise the motel owner has a penchant for casting guests in his home-made snuff movies - and they are about to become the latest victims.
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