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Definition a strong liking or tendency
  • She has a penchant for peppering her speech with politically incorrect expressions and opinions.
  • She has a penchant for bursting into song.
  • Taa also had a penchant for uttering cryptic one-liners about my father, usually after she'd downed a couple of shots of Brugal.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • penchant = tendency (something she often did)
  • But if I have a penchant, Monsieur Bon-Bon - if I have a penchant, it is for a philosopher.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • the Irish have a penchant for blarney
  • Apparently Mademoiselle Violet combined a taste for philanthropy with her penchant for Islington dancing halls.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • The senator's penchant for recording his sexual activities gave me the idea to use that as part of the pattern."
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Enrique blames the boy's father for his aggressiveness and penchant to fight.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • Both my sister and I had strayed far from the way we were dressed as children, my mother having a penchant for the colors of the flag.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • I would be interested in your opinion of the view held by some of our European colleagues, that the penchant for it is a form of insanity.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "You must have a penchant for disturbing me," the doctor said lividly.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In any case he had a penchant for civil disobedience on a private level.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • If the police wanted to emphasize her penchant for vicious behaviour, then that report in her file would have been the most damning by far.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • His penchant was for textured synthetic fabrics, often featuring some geometric design like diamonds or pentagons.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • So far, the only blemish on Parker's record while serving the president is a penchant for tardiness, as Crook knows all too well.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • You put on a nice unpretentious facade, and then behind it indulge your priestly penchant for silk.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It also carried Phoebe Anne Moses of Tiffin, Ohio, a young woman with a penchant for guns and an excellent sense of distance.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Sort of like the Grim Reaper, but with a penchant for sticking souls on a giant thorn tree... while the people's souls are still in their bodies.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Everyone calls them "the Fatigues"—not just because they have a penchant toward khaki military clothing, but also because they always seem exhausted.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I won't listen to you—you are so profane!" she said, in a restless state between distress at hearing him and a penchant to hear more.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd

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