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 Unlike many states, Wisconsin prudently looks with disfavor on absentee and mail-in voting. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Biden Won Wisconsin, but It Was Even Closer Than Reported," 17 Dec. 2020 Those ideas seem to be falling into disfavor with many. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Journalists Turn on Free Expression," 7 Dec. 2020 The timing of the federal investigation and voters' disfavor with Madigan served as a launch to campaign season for forces on both sides of the amendment. Jamie Munks, chicagotribune.com, "Pandemic, lack of trust in government and Madigan effect help send graduated tax amendment to defeat," 6 Nov. 2020 Another such problem was that certain elites, having attracted the crown’s disfavor, took refuge against peremptory seizure. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 2020 The church has disavowed that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or that Black people are descended from the biblical Cain. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How Black Latter-day Saints reacted to Dallin Oaks’ mention of Black lives matter," 31 Oct. 2020 As Sessions lauded the president, though, Trump has endorsed Tuberville in the GOP runoff – a move perhaps spurred by Sessions’ disfavor with Trump for recusing himself as AG in what led to the Mueller investigation and Sessions’ eventual firing. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Should U.S. rely on China for medical goods? Jeff Sessions says no," 10 Apr. 2020 Sessions, the former U.S. attorney under Trump who fell into disfavor with the president and resigned, is shown standing in front of a church that appears to have been boarded up and is now being reopened. al, "Birmingham evangelist endorses Byrne for U.S. senate," 7 Feb. 2020 Rather than fixing hearing loss or seeing deafness as a sign of God’s disfavor, the faith of deaf and hard-of-hearing Christians brings new understandings about God to the world. Jana Bennett, The Conversation, "Deaf Christians often struggle to hear God’s word, but some find meaning in the richness of who they are," 26 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Executive orders and new regulations would be challenged in the courts, with a Supreme Court freshly primed to disfavor environmental regulation. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "How Biden can fix America’s climate credibility," 7 Nov. 2020 The new regulations free schools to do some things that previously were prohibited or understood to be disfavored. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How Concerning Are the Trump Administration’s New Title IX Regulations?," 16 May 2020 Such drawbacks tended to put off all but those whom circumstances had already disfavored: second sons, members of the down-at-heel Anglo-Irish gentry, dispossessed Scottish landowners who had backed the losing side in a rebellion against the crown. Christopher De Bellaigue, The New York Review of Books, "The Pillage of India," 27 May 2020 Justice Department officials warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday that his plan for gradually easing the state’s coronavirus lockdown could disfavor religious groups. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Justice Department Tells California Its Reopening Plan Could Disfavor Churches," 19 May 2020 This warm, hugely moving film remains a favorite among those who disfavor the frostier tone of what followed. Washington Post, "The 5 essential Pedro Almodóvar movies to watch on your way to ‘Pain and Glory’," 9 Oct. 2019 The Soviet Union, imperial Japan, Wilhelmine Germany, and Napoleonic France all sought to create economic zones that would benefit them and disfavor and weaken others. Elbridge Colby, National Review, "A Republican Foreign Policy," 5 Dec. 2019 Countries can have incentives both to overcount (in regions vying to demonstrate increased need for aid, say) and undercount their populations (perhaps to disfavor a disliked minority group). Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.," 20 Aug. 2019 Federal prosecutors under Trump have disfavored large-scale interventions with local police departments, though they are still involved in the reforms that Cleveland police have undertaken. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Attorney General William Barr to visit Cleveland police station Thursday," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2021

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“Disfavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disfavor. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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