double standard


Definition of double standard 

2 : 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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Is there a media double standard on immigration in which the Obama administration promised to a little scrutiny? Fox News, "Trump and media clash over border," 25 June 2018 Boy, your critics say this is a clear, clear, clear double standard. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript From James Comey's ABC Interview," 17 Apr. 2018 To point to the double standard isn’t in any way to justify Mr. Trump’s more boorish displays. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Elitists’ Trump Excuse," 23 Apr. 2018 And when women do run, a double standard about gender roles persists, according to research done by the nonpartisan Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which helps female candidates navigate the political landscape. Shirley Leung,, "State law allows political candidates to expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change.," 12 July 2018 While Arthie is desperate to shed her offensive wrestler persona, her plan goes awry in a way the reflects the double standards women of color are often saddled with., "Glow Season 2 Review: There’s No Sophomore Slump Here," 21 June 2018 At some level, this double standard reflects a difficult and possibly irresolvable paradox of campaign coverage. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Doing Same Thing He Demanded Clinton Be Locked Up For," 22 May 2018 Others pointed out the apparent double standard as royal fans arrived in Windsor armed with sleeping bags, backpacks and bunting and prepared to camp out overnight in the hopes of spotting the royal couple's procession. Robert Iddiols And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Windsor's homeless are giving up their belongings before the royal wedding," 18 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins sees a double standard from President Trump for canceling a White House visit by the Philadelphia Eagles, but welcoming celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump meets with Kim Kardashian, but not Eagles? Jets' LB blasts double standard," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of double standard

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of double standard was in 1884

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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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