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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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  • 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
  • Now, report had said a great deal in disfavor of Irene Ashleigh.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • The nuns looked upon them with disfavor, and the pope withdrew his protection.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
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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