fa·​vor·​it·​ism | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce favoritism (audio) , ˈfā-vər-\

Definition of favoritism

1 : the showing of special favor : partiality
2 : the state or fact of being a favorite

Examples of favoritism in a Sentence

He accused the teacher of showing favoritism in assigning grades.

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Regulators and prosecutors need to be able to pursue actions against people who may have political, social, or business ties to important politicians without fear or favoritism. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s talk of pardoning Manafort is a clear abuse of power," 29 Nov. 2018 The apparent favoritism for co-ethnic candidates that respondents expressed may then reflect a human tendency to distinguish between in- vs. out-groups, fulfilling a need for belonging and facilitating social cooperation. Melani Cammett, Washington Post, "What Lebanon’s elections can teach us about the importance of religion," 5 May 2018 Funny how political favoritism appears behind most green regulation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Next Ban: Paper Receipts," 11 Jan. 2019 All her e-mails are out showing an obvious sort of favoritism to Hillary Clinton and just blowing off Bernie Sanders. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani on McGahn's testimony, origins of Russia probe," 19 Aug. 2018 Yet another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say remain illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "Excessive partisanship claimed in North Carolina maps suit," 13 Nov. 2018 It should be noted that Shirrako’s channel is full of such videos, seemingly showing no favoritism for any sort of person in the game. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube reverses ban for streamer who killed Red Dead 2 feminist," 8 Nov. 2018 Zinke was previously criticized by conservation groups who said he’s shown favoritism toward Montana issues that are before his agency and the park service, which is raising entrance fees amid an $11.6 billion maintenance backlog. Washington Post, "Glacier park to rebuild historical chalet destroyed in fire," 17 May 2018 Carlozzi said he is disappointed that some Republican aldermen appear to want favoritism for one of New Britain’s many community programs. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Britain GOP, Democrats Square Off Over Aid Programs," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of favoritism

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of favoritism

: the unfair practice of treating some people better than others


fa·​vor·​it·​ism | \ ˈfā-və-rə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce favoritism (audio) , ˈfāv-rə-\

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: the unfair practice of treating some people better than others

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