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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But the alleged beneficiary of a racial double standard in conduct is also a victim. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: School Discipline," 21 Dec. 2018 Lively responded that there exists a double standard in fashion between men and women. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Likes Her Suits, Doesn't Understand the Fuss Over Them," 19 Sep. 2018 And then there’s the cultural double standard: where men are celebrated for their idiosyncrasies and women are sidelined for the same. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Parker Posey’s Excellent New Memoir Is an Ode to Eccentricity," 26 July 2018 That just shows you the difference and the double standard that existed back then and still does today. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 Social media users were quick to call out the double standard in Cornet's situation. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "French Tennis Player Alize Cornet Was Penalized for Fixing Her Shirt on the Court at the 2018 U.S. Open," 29 Aug. 2018 Two decades of double standards Use of Nazi symbols is generally banned in Germany under Section 86a of the German Criminal Code, a Cold War-era regulation meant to stem the spread of propaganda. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Germany says games with Nazi symbols can get “artistic” exception to ban," 10 Aug. 2018 Soon after the photos came out, Latinxs across the internet voiced their frustrations at the double standard. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "I'm Latina, and I Find Rihanna's Skinny Brows Problematic," 2 Aug. 2018 People complaining about a double standard between Barr and Samantha Bee need to understand that all corporations are not alike. Hal Boedeker,, "Roseanne Barr: Banished from Disney’s World," 3 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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