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Sunday, June 09, 2002

Definitions for penchant

  1. Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.

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Citations for penchant
Ben was a dreamy little boy, recalls Hiddy, who always thought her brother's penchant for reveries might lead him to become an artist or a great philosopher. Thomas Maier, Dr. Spock: An American Life
Field, in his personal comportment, maintained a penchant for austerity, a contempt for frivolity, and a "steely cold" disdain for any decision not based on fundamental business principles. Roland Marchand, Creating the Corporate Soul
Origin of penchant
1665-1675
Penchant comes from the present participle of French pencher, "to incline, to bend," from (assumed) Late Latin pendicare, "to lean," from Latin pendere, "to weigh."
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