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 Kerr’s comments reinforce one of the most blatantly unfair double standards in sports. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Steve Kerr Couldn't Be More Wrong About the Anthony Davis Trade Demand," 25 July 2019 Certainly the double standard isn’t limited to the political stage. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Female presidential candidates face big double standard — and it shouldn't be that way," 20 July 2019 Davidson called out the double standard on judgments about their ages. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson Respond to the Reactions to Their Relationship," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of double standard

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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