double standard


: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of double standard was in 1872

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“Double standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

double standard

: a set of standards that applies differently and usually more harshly to one group of people or circumstances than to another

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