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Penchant (inclination) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun penchant

What does penchant mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: penchants

  1. a strong liking
    • example: the Irish have a penchant for blarney
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of penchant: predilection / preference / taste
    • more generic word: liking = a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
    • more specific terms:
      • acquired taste = a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
      • weakness = a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you

Alternative definition of the noun penchant


  1. taste, liking, or inclination (for)

Definition of the noun penchant for high school students

    a tendency, partiality, preference
    • example: Jill's dinner parties quickly became monotonous on account of her penchant for Mexican dishes.

The noun penchant is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for penchant

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Google previewThe Link (2014)

by Ola A.T. Onikoyi

Penchant—is the expression of meaningful desire, the outburst of liking towards an object or particular subject. When you are fond of something, you attract it unknowingly and you want it around. Penchant is an expression of love. It is a secret ...

Google previewThe Atlantic Monthly (1873)

Penchant is a great matter .

Google previewA Theory of Narrative (2008)

by Rick Altman

One of the surprising effects of multiple-focus narrative's documentary penchant is a strong tendency away from storytelling altogether.

Google previewNew GRE (2011)

A Strategic Approach by Doug Tarnopol, Norman Levy, Elizabeth Rollins, Gerri Budd

is the appropriate choice; a PENCHANT is a desire or craving. 22. A Of the choices, (A) makes the ...

Google previewNew GRE Exam (2011)

A Strategic Approach by Doug Tarnopol, Norman Levy, Elizabeth Rollins, Gerri Budd

is the appropriate choice; a PENCHANT is a desire or craving. 22. A Of the choices, (A) makes the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2011)

by B. Bradford Brown, Mitchell J. Prinstein

The penchant for introspection may also contribute to lowered selfesteem in that it facilitates the comparison of one's ideal and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (2008)

Historically, humankind has shown a penchant for violence, and within that penchant the major markers of human history have been far more frequently its battlefields than its peacefields. This history has spawned countless academic works ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1824)

Supplement to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Editions ... With Preliminary Dissertations on the History of the Sciences ...

“Les premiers, tel que le mouvement de l'ame, son penchant, sa réflexion, donnent un corps a des choses qui n'en ont pas. Les seconds, tels que la pensée , la volonté, le desir, ne peignent plus rien, et laissent aux idées abstraites cette ...

Google previewAdvanced Learners' Dictionary (1998)

by Martin H. Manser, Turton, Nigel D. Turton

penchant print. < Medieval Latin poenitentia penitence. penchant ('pnnjnn)na strong 509.

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Quotes about penchant

A jealous mind reacts with rancor
When threatened penchant for control
‘Stead of responding from compassion
Mind chooses to attack, not console

(ROTMS) (Ray Lucero)
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Scrabble value of P3E1N1C3H4A1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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