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disfavor

[dis-fey-ver]
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noun
  1. unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike: The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.
  2. the state of being regarded unfavorably; disrepute: The fashions of one year are in disfavor the next.
  3. a disadvantageous or detrimental act; disservice: The pianist did himself a disfavor in trying to sing.
verb (used with object)
  1. to regard or treat with disfavor.
Also especially British, dis·fa·vour.

Origin of disfavor

First recorded in 1525–35; dis-1 + favor
Related formsdis·fa·vor·er, noun
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  • The big stone was on her foot and she regarded it with disfavor.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • This means that real merit is not rewarded, and that the Duke looks on me with disfavor.

  • He regarded his guest doubtfully, with a shadow of disfavor.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • Both in town and country, the riffraff of the houseboat element are in disfavor.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

  • She did not feel that the baby was a mark of Heaven's disfavor, but rather of its favor.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes


Word Origin and History for disfavor

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper