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 There's a double standard in a way that is not applied to men. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meena Harris's New Children's Book Is Dedicated to Little Girls Who've Been Told They're "Too Much"," 13 Oct. 2020 Some scientists saw a double standard in the president’s endorsement. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "Trump’s Covid Treatments Were Tested in Cells Derived From Fetal Tissue," 8 Oct. 2020 Democrats charged that the limited resources have brought a double standard of stricter auditing for low-income people while the affluent can hide earnings and claim dubious deductions to escape their full tax obligations. Marcy Gordon, Star Tribune, "IRS chief: agency reaching out on pandemic relief payments," 7 Oct. 2020 Ocasio-Cortez pushed back against the bizarre double standard between reactions to her hair bill and to the president’s. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "AOC Slams Donald Trump for Writing Off $70,000 In Hairstyling Bills," 29 Sep. 2020 The double standard puts women in a no-win situation when their male counterparts spend surprising amounts of money on their own appearances. Sarah Midkiff,, "Donald Trump’s $70,000 “Hairstyling” Bill Points To A Serious Double Standard," 28 Sep. 2020 This is the double standard that Black Americans have long lived under. John Blake, CNN, "The election scenario that should terrify everyone -- especially Black America," 26 Sep. 2020 In Barrett’s telling, Comey foisted a double standard on the FBI and on the American public in the summer and fall of 2016. Washington Post, "For Comey, time has not healed a major wound," 25 Sep. 2020 To some, the outcome of these incidents indicates there is a double standard in how police treat different groups of Americans. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Armed protesters in America create stress test for police," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of double standard

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Oct 2020

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“Double standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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