disfavor

noun
dis·fa·vor | \(ˌ)dis-ˈfā-vər \

Definition of disfavor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : disapproval, dislike practices looked upon with disfavor

2 : the state or fact of being no longer favored fell into disfavor

disfavor

verb

Definition of disfavor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to withhold or withdraw favor from

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Examples of disfavor in a Sentence

Noun

He regarded their proposal with disfavor. They looked with disfavor upon her.

Verb

The current laws favor large businesses and disfavor smaller businesses. a style of stage acting that is disfavored by most theatergoers today
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 1577, Ghiyas—possibly in debt or disfavor with the Safavid Shah, Isma’il II—and his pregnant wife left Herat (today Afghanistan’s third-largest city) for Mughal India. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 The relative popularity or public disfavor of Trump could bleed into the Senate election. Stephen Koff, cleveland.com, "Jim Renacci wins U.S. Senate primary, setting up challenge to Sherrod Brown in the fall," 8 May 2018 After winning or sharing four Big Ten titles, he was fired in 1987 after falling into disfavor with Ohio State President Ed Jennings. Mitch Stacy, chicagotribune.com, "Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dies at 87," 20 Apr. 2018 After winning or sharing four Big Ten titles, he was fired in 1987 after falling into disfavor with Ohio State president Ed Jennings. Mitch Stacy And Rusty Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Earle Bruce, 87; coached Ohio State after mentor fell from grace," 20 Apr. 2018 Winning unanimous disfavor, however, was the petite size of the six shrimp on the plate. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Get It Inn provides spicy addition to Locust Point," 18 Apr. 2018 Another cabinet member falling into some disfavor is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Cabinet May Get More Scrutiny From President Trump," 30 Mar. 2018 The female plaintiffs argue that the company’s internal rating system discriminates against women and disfavors professional advancement for women. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“Women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers,” lawsuit alleges," 13 Mar. 2018 According to one of the people familiar, that case has been discussed by China’s leadership, with an aide to Mr. Xi recently carrying a message to Washington that CEFC is in disfavor. WSJ, "Highflying Chinese Oilman Is Tripped Up; a $9 Billion Russian Deal Is at Risk," 14 Mar. 2018

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Under the original Graham-Cassidy bill, the formula for the block grants was seen by some as disfavoring states that already expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Conservatives Plan to Take One Last Shot at Obamacare Repeal Before Midterms," 30 Apr. 2018 The election cycles of Western democracies, in contrast, tend to disfavor long-term strategic planning on foreign policy goals. Margarita Jaitner, Washington Post, "There’s more to Russia’s cyber interference than the Mueller probe suggests," 12 Mar. 2018 Among those higher principles is the Constitution’s blanket prohibition on favoring or disfavoring one religion over another. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "In the Travel-Ban Case, Supreme Court Seems Ready to Let Trump Be Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 The state violated the First Amendment, the challengers argue, by disfavoring some citizens on the basis of their political views. NBC News, "Supreme Court takes new look at partisan gerrymandering," 27 Mar. 2018 In its 69-page complaint authored by attorneys Jean-Marie Atamian and Jordan Sagalowsky of the law firm Mayer Brown, NASL stresses that U.S. Soccer has disfavored it from the start. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How NASL's New Lawsuit vs. U.S. Soccer Compares, Contrasts to Federal One," 8 Feb. 2018 The state Supreme Court ruled January 22 that the current map is excessively partisan, amounting to a gerrymander intended to permanently disfavor Democrats. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Supreme Court won’t block new Pennsylvania congressional maps," 5 Feb. 2018 Antitrust exemptions generally are disfavored by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, which enforce U.S. antitrust laws. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "News Publishers Team Up to Take On Facebook, Google," 10 July 2017 Last time, the judge issued a broader decision that said Mr. Trump likely committed a constitutional violation by disfavoring Muslims because of their religion. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Federal Judge in Hawaii Blocks New Trump Travel Ban," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of disfavor

Noun

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disfavor

Noun

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

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The first known use of disfavor was circa 1533

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disfavor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disfavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a feeling of disapproval or dislike

: the condition of being disapproved of or disliked

disfavor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disfavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
dis·fa·vor | \dis-ˈfā-vər\

Kids Definition of disfavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : disapproval She looked with disfavor at the mess.

2 : the condition of being disliked The style has fallen into disfavor.

disfavor

verb
disfavored; disfavoring

Kids Definition of disfavor (Entry 2 of 2)

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