double standard

noun

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 Several have faced criticism, accused of applying a double standard. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral post inaccurate in criticism of Democratic women on Cuomo allegations," 12 Mar. 2021 After getting into the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Shinn switched from Logic to ProTools, and chose production and engineering as her major despite facing a double standard. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, "Suzy Shinn Is Helping Shape Rock’s Future," 4 Mar. 2021 The group was denied entry past the lobby of City Hall — which one education advocate quickly condemned as a double standard. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "As parents push demands, CPS says it aims to reopen high schools before year’s end, while teachers union laments ‘inhumane’ negotiations: ‘We need to do better’," 24 Feb. 2021 Online, the hashtag #YesNeera took off among Democratic supporters who suggested Tanden is facing a double standard as a woman of color. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Trump's role in Jan. 6 siege looms over business of Washington: The Note," 24 Feb. 2021 But there is debate, even among those who agree with Zaman's central complaint of a double standard in the justice system, on whether such a law could cause more harm than good. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "After mosque bombing, Twin Cities Muslims want new laws combating domestic terrorists," 29 Dec. 2020 Last year, more than 90 percent of shootings in Israel occurred in Arab communities, which their leaders blame on a double standard in policing between Jewish neighborhoods and their own. Washington Post, "In turnabout, Netanyahu courts Arab voters he once called a threat," 18 Mar. 2021 And the guy with the double standard is but one member of a great woke pandemic herd. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Teachers union boss in California caught taking daughter to private school becomes poster boy for school choice," 3 Mar. 2021 Top Democrats have also criticized Republicans' objections to Tanden over her Twitter use as a double standard in light of former President Donald Trump's use of the social media platform during his time in office. Molly Nagle, Trish Turner, Allison Pecorin, ABC News, "Votes on Neera Tanden nomination to OMB postponed amid bipartisan opposition," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of double standard

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Double standard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20standard. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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double standard

noun

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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