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penchant

[pen-chuh nt; French pahn-shahn] /ˈpɛn tʃənt; French pɑ̃ˈʃɑ̃/
noun
1.
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something:
a penchant for outdoor sports.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < French, noun use of present participle of pencher to incline, lean < Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, derivative of Latin pendēre to hang
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penchant

/ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ/
noun
1.
a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste
Word Origin
C17: from French, from pencher to incline, from Latin pendēre to be suspended
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penchant
1672, from Fr. penchant, properly the prp. of O.Fr. pencher "to incline," from V.L. *pendicare, a frequentative formed from L. pendere "to hang" (see pendant).
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