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.

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Throughout the investigation, Twin Galaxies had a double standard. Wired, "Ex-Donkey Kong Champ Threatens to Sue Over Record Removal," 15 Sep. 2019 But this controversy highlights what many feel is a double standard within the awards so that unnecessarily segregates international — often meaning non-Western, non-White — artists. Natalie Morin,, "Here's Why The MTV VMA Best K-Pop Category Is Controversial," 23 Aug. 2019 If men and women were on a level field, this would qualify as a double standard. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Wife’s assignment gives husband writer’s block," 13 Aug. 2019 If men and women were on a level field, this would qualify as a double standard. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I asked my writer husband for an ode to me, and his response hurt," 13 Aug. 2019 If men and women were on a level field, this would qualify as a double standard. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: Eloquent writer-husband is paralyzed by 1 task: expressing his love for his wife," 13 Aug. 2019 Tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted support for Williams and said there is a double standard in the sport, while 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova criticized the 36-year-old for her behavior on the court. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "US Open umpire who issued violations against Serena Williams speaks out," 12 Sep. 2018 Far from promoting social justice, this line of thought is patronizing and misanthropic and could create a racist double standard. Charlie Peters, National Review, "Glasgow University’s Curious Decision to Pay Itself Reparations," 28 Aug. 2019 Swift has a long, badass history of calling out sexist double standards. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Expertly Shut Down an Interviewer for Asking a Sexist Question," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of double standard

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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