(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. aptitude, leaning, inclination, flair, tendency; predisposition, propensity, taste; desire, longing, yearning, yen.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. inclination, propensity, affinity; see affection 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.
[PEN chunt]
a strong fondness for something.
She had a penchant for cream cheese and bagels.
SYN.: fondness, liking, taste, inclination, partiality, weakness, leaning, affinity, propensity, attraction, bent, predisposition.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun An inclination to something: bent, bias, cast, disposition, leaning, partiality, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, propensity, squint, tendency, trend, turn. See APPROACH, LIKE.

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