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disfavor

noun dis·fa·vor \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfā-vər \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of disfavor

1 : disapproval, dislike
  • practices looked upon with disfavor
2 : the state or fact of being no longer favored
  • fell into disfavor

Examples of disfavor in a Sentence

  1. He regarded their proposal with disfavor.

  2. They looked with disfavor upon her.

Recent Examples of disfavor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of disfavor

probably from Middle French desfaveur, from des- dis- + faveur favor, from Old French favor


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disfavor

verb

Definition of disfavor

transitive verb
: to withhold or withdraw favor from

Examples of disfavor in a Sentence

  1. The current laws favor large businesses and disfavor smaller businesses.

  2. a style of stage acting that is disfavored by most theatergoers today

Recent Examples of disfavor from the Web

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First Known Use of disfavor

1570

disfavor Synonyms

Synonyms
dislike, disrelish, mislike
Antonyms
adore, cotton (to), delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), like, love, relish, revel (in)
Related Words
abhor, abominate, detest, execrate, hate, loathe, resent; condemn, despise, scorn; cringe (at), disapprove (of), frown (on or upon), mind, object (to), shy (from or away from)
Near Antonyms
admire, appreciate, cherish, esteem, regard, respect; adore, deify, idolize, revere, reverence, venerate, worship; prize, treasure, value; drink (in), savor (also savour); dote (on), idolize; favor, prefer


DISFAVOR Defined for English Language Learners

disfavor

noun

Definition of disfavor for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of disapproval or dislike

  • : the condition of being disapproved of or disliked


disfavor

verb

Definition of disfavor for English Language Learners

  • : to disapprove of or dislike (someone or something)

  • : to make it more difficult for (a person, organization, etc.) to succeed or achieve something than it is for another person, organization, etc.


DISFAVOR Defined for Kids

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disfavor

noun dis·fa·vor \ dis-ˈfā-vər \

Definition of disfavor for Students

1 : disapproval
  • She looked with disfavor at the mess.
2 : the condition of being disliked
  • The style has fallen into disfavor.

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disfavor

verb

Definition of disfavor for Students

disfavored; disfavoring


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