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.
Recent Examples on the Web That amendment requires that there be an attempt at avoiding partisan favoritism. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 The court sent the maps back to the Ohio Redistricting Commission to take another crack at complying with provisions of a 2015 constitutional amendment requiring an attempt at avoiding partisan favoritism. Julie Carr Smyth, ajc, 12 Jan. 2022 Meme stocks Start with the media’s peak favoritism in July. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 By state law, there was supposed to be a slew of new businesses licensed last year, with favoritism toward poor, largely minority areas with high rates of cannabis arrests. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, 1 Jan. 2022 The new process, Sagaria said, is intended to add transparency and mitigate any impressions of favoritism or bias on the part of the proctor. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 The introduction of an allocation of parking slots based on individual circumstances meant favoritism to early arrivers was removed. Joy Burnford, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Liberalism finds appeals to racial favoritism inherently suspect, even offensive. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 The allegations come at a sensitive moment for Johnson, whose government has been accused of cronyism and favoritism toward Conservative Party supporters in awarding lucrative contracts during the coronavirus crisis. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of favoritism

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of favoritism was in 1763

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20 Jan 2022

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“Favoritism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favoritism. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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- \

Kids Definition of favoritism

: the unfair practice of treating some people better than others

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