disfavor

noun
dis·​fa·​vor | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfā-vər How to pronounce disfavor (audio) \

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
disfavored; disfavoring; disfavors

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 Should the Aperol spritz slump into disfavor, its former drinkers may instead return to their old habits of harder spirits-and-mixers, wine, or beer, blunting the momentum of a small but lively corner of the drinks world. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "As Aperol spritz fatigue sets in, the fight to sell the next big drink is already underway," 30 Oct. 2019 After the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was snuffed out by the Soviet Union, Lukacs was temporarily deported and fell into official disfavor, as did his followers. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Agnes Heller, outspoken Hungarian philosopher, at 90," 31 July 2019 In 1950, however, with socialists rapidly falling into disfavor, the other parties beat Marcantonio at his own game. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "A Socialist Predecessor of Ocasio-Cortez in Congress," 13 Aug. 2019 As with Columbine and the FEPA, the opposition was broad and non-partisan: A distaste for video games was a matter of cultural rather than political disfavor. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video-Game Violence Is Now a Partisan Issue," 5 Aug. 2019 After the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was snuffed out by the Soviet Union, Lukacs was temporarily deported and fell into official disfavor, as did his followers. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Agnes Heller, outspoken Hungarian philosopher, at 90," 31 July 2019 When Andy’s father dies suddenly, Andy is visited by Goldblum’s Dr. Wallace Fiennes, an itinerant practitioner of the controversial brain surgery that, at this point in history, had begun to fall into disfavor. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Jeff Goldblum plays a lobotomist in the haunting, enigmatic ‘The Mountain’," 1 Aug. 2019 After the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was snuffed out by the Soviet Union, Lukacs was temporarily deported and fell into official disfavor, as did his followers. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Agnes Heller, outspoken Hungarian philosopher, at 90," 31 July 2019 After the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was snuffed out by the Soviet Union, Lukacs was temporarily deported and fell into official disfavor, as did his followers. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Agnes Heller, Hungarian Philosopher and Outspoken Dissident, Dies at 90," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The newer customers who come to Marie’s after seeing it on TV tend to disfavor songs from Stephen Sondheim or Kander and Ebb, numbers the regulars have requested for decades. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the New York piano bar that TV can’t stop singing about," 4 Oct. 2019 The plaintiff also argued that Harvard placed students on its search list and sent recruitment letters to applicants based on criteria that disfavored Asian-American applicants. BostonGlobe.com, "Seven takeaways from the Harvard admissions ruling - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 Districts shall be compact and contiguous, preserve communities of interest and not favor or disfavor incumbents. Washington Post, "Redistricting reforms already taking root in many states," 28 June 2019 But lower-court judges declined to rule against the government on the issue of willful discrimination against minorities, which requires proof that Ross intended to disfavor people of color on the basis of race. Cristian Farias, The New Yorker, "Is There Racist Intent Behind the Census Citizenship Question?," 26 June 2019 Most importantly, they were used to disfavor certain groups, particularly Jews. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The College Board tries to solve a social problem that it’s unsuited to solve," 9 June 2019 Thus, the conjecture disfavors many popular models of cosmic inflation. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory," 9 Aug. 2018 The Democratic Party has become defined by women’s enthusiasm: There are more women running for office in 2018 than ever before, and women’s disfavor toward President Trump could be a big factor in Democrats’ strategy in the next two elections. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Joe Biden apologizes again about Anita Hill during the Kavanaugh firestorm," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disfavor was circa 1533

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More Definitions for disfavor

disfavor

noun
How to pronounce disfavor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disfavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: 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)

formal
: 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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