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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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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