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

In one case Judge Kavanaugh incurred the disfavor of both sides of the political spectrum for seeking to ensure the availability of contraceptive services for women while minimizing the involvement of employers with religious objections. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Sen. Collins’s speech announcing she’ll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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)

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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