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 However, people pointed out the double standard in the way male and female pundits were often treated. Ben Church, CNN, "Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani defends club tweet that led to online abuse of pundit Karen Carney," 30 Dec. 2020 There’s a double standard for men interacting with children that women don’t face. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Relationship hits a rough patch. Is it related to pandemic stress?," 28 Dec. 2020 Those other protagonists, of course, were men, and within even the remarkable, rarefied field of space travel, Winocour subtly pinpoints an all-too-unremarkable double standard. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Eva Green is at her best in the deeply stirring astronaut drama ‘Proxima’," 5 Nov. 2020 There may be a gender double standard to Pompeo’s comment. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fat Men Can Be McDreamy Too," 13 Nov. 2020 One of the most troubling examples of the double standard applied to Hannah and Dave is the response to their bodies. Emma Pattee, Marie Claire, "Sorry, But Loving Dave Burd and Hating Hannah Horvath Is Highly Problematic," 10 Nov. 2020 Asked Monday to comment on the apparent double standard, De Blasio again appeared to pivot, reiterating his point that not wearing a mask indoors is cause for greater concern. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "De Blasio dismisses coronavirus risks during Biden victory celebrations, contrary to CDC guidelines," 9 Nov. 2020 President Trump took aim at Chris Wallace on Sunday, accusing the Fox News Sunday host of espousing a double standard by grilling his allies while going easy on supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Trump accuses Chris Wallace of asking 'softball questions' to Biden allies," 23 Aug. 2020 Second, there is a clear gender double standard around hygiene that ties into parcopresis. Vicky Spratt,, "Can’t Poop At Someone Else’s Place? You Might Be Suffering From Parcopresis," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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6 Jan 2021

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“Double standard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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