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WOTD 7-8

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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penchant \PEN-chunt\
DEFINITION noun : a strong and continued inclination; broadly : liking

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Like its synonyms "leaning," "propensity," and "proclivity," "penchant" implies a strong instinct or liking for something. But these four words, while similar, are also distinguished by subtle differences. "Leaning" usually suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable ("a student with artistic leanings"), whereas "propensity" tends to imply a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination ("a propensity to offer advice"). "Proclivity" frequently suggests a strong, natural proneness to something objectionable or evil ("a proclivity for violence"). "Penchant," a descendant of Latin "pendere" ("to weigh"), typically implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object ("a penchant for taking risks").





by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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bhwrn1
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Thanks!

lukesmyboy
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM

didnt know this one!

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