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[dis-fey-ver] /dɪsˈfeɪ vər/
unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike:
The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.
the state of being regarded unfavorably; disrepute:
The fashions of one year are in disfavor the next.
a disadvantageous or detrimental act; disservice:
The pianist did himself a disfavor in trying to sing.
verb (used with object)
to regard or treat with disfavor.
Also, especially British, disfavour.
Origin of disfavor
First recorded in 1525-35; dis-1 + favor
Related forms
disfavorer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Fearing that Miss Patricia might regard her frivolous appearance with disfavor, she now began braiding it into one heavy braid.

  • Her mother, coming into her dressing room, had eyed her with disfavor.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The disfavor or approval of this slight man of sixty meant nothing to him.

    The Just and the Unjust Vaughan Kester
  • The disfavor into which he falls with the rulers of France turns to his advantage.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • This new sign of Raquel's disfavor at every mention of the Americanos gave Ana several unpleasant moments.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The scheme however was a new one and it was regarded with suspicion and disfavor.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • When he reached the top he stopped in his tracks and stared with disfavor at the worn planks before him.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
Word Origin and History for disfavor

1530s; see dis- "the opposite of" + favor (n.). As a verb, from 1560s. Related: Disfavored; disfavoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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