favoritism

noun fa·vor·it·ism \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-ˌti-zəm , ˈfā-vər- \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

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

  1. He accused the teacher of showing favoritism in assigning grades.

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First Known Use of favoritism

1763

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FAVORITISM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of favoritism for English Language Learners

  • : the unfair practice of treating some people better than others


FAVORITISM Defined for Kids

favoritism

noun fa·vor·it·ism \ ˈfā-və-rə-ˌti-zəm , ˈfāv-rə- \

Definition of favoritism for Students

: the unfair practice of treating some people better than others


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