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penchant Line breaks: pen|chant
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒ̃ʃɒ̃/

Definition of penchant in English:


[usually in singular]
A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something: he has a penchant for adopting stray dogs
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  • 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.


Late 17th century: from French, 'leaning, inclining', present participle of the verb pencher.

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