double standard


Definition of double standard

1 : a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another especially : a code of morals that applies more severe standards of sexual behavior to women than to men

Examples of double standard in a Sentence

She argued that society applies a double standard in dealing with women who commit adultery.
Recent Examples on the Web Her castmate Wendy Osefo, who is also a political commentator and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, sees a double standard in how Black reality stars are perceived in altercations of any kind. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 The double standard was blatant and maddening, as was the lack of scientific evidence for the travel ban in the first place., 20 Sep. 2021 The team had planned for some time to ignore the rules this year in order highlight the double standard set for women athletes across the sports world. Frances Solá-santiago,, 27 July 2021 In the eyes of David Winker, a defense lawyer who has represented Black Lives Matter demonstrators, the double standard was clear. NBC News, 15 July 2021 Of course, this double standard was obvious to anyone watching the show, or really anyone who has spent five minutes watching Angela on TV. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 12 July 2021 The Arkansas governor, who happens to be a former head of the federal DEA, told lawmakers the double standard disproportionately affects people of color. Arkansas Online, 25 June 2021 So while Irving may not technically be a Nike employee, the company’s position could be interpreted as a double standard. Sean Gregory, Time, 7 Oct. 2021 The 16 parents and grandparents from Glocester, Smithfield, North Smithfield and Warwick argue there is a double standard because the state no longer requires masks in restaurants, retail shops and other indoor spaces. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of double standard

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Oct 2021

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“Double standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of double standard

: a situation in which two people, groups, etc., are treated very differently from each other in a way that is unfair to one of them

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