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penchant (n.)

"strong inclination," 1670s, from French penchant, noun use of present participle of Old French pencher "to incline," from Vulgar Latin *pendicare, a frequentative formed from Latin pendere "to hang, cause to hang" (from PIE root *(s)pen- "to draw, stretch, spin").

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Definitions of penchant

penchant (n.)
a strong liking;
the Irish have a penchant for blarney
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