noun[usually in singular]
A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something: he has a penchant for adopting stray dogs
More example sentences
- History in Edinburgh has a peculiar penchant for throwing together people, politics and passion.
- That is a perennial weakness of princes - a penchant for false-hearted favourites.
- Both women had a penchant for people with titles, even spurious ones.
liking, fondness, preference, taste, relish, appetite, partiality, soft spot, love, passion, desire, fancy, whim, weakness, inclination, bent, bias, proclivity, predilection, predisposition
Late 17th century: from French, 'leaning, inclining', present participle of the verb pencher.
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