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disfavor

[dis-fey-ver] /dɪsˈfeɪ vər/
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)
4.
to regard or treat with disfavor.
Also, especially British, disfavour.
Origin of disfavor
1525-1535
1525-35; dis-1 + favor
Related forms
disfavorer, noun
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Examples from the Web for disfavour
Historical Examples
  • The unpopularity of the president among the young men was extreme, and the disfavour was not confined to them.

  • There are no signs anywhere of favour or of disfavour interfering with fidelity.

  • There were not a few white people in the vicinity of Tuskegee who looked with some disfavour upon the project.

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
  • He had been liked, he knew; now he saw the mist of disfavour rise.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The popular feeling which held these great establishments in disfavour had gradually grown.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • The old noble—he had but one arm, she saw—still looked at her with disfavour.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • Towards the end of his life he fell into some sort of disfavour, and lived in retirement at Teddington.

  • What favour or disfavour had he incurred in Spain for his irregular proceedings?

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The voices that once spoke in his praise are loud in his disfavour.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • I confess it was the affair of the broken china that prejudiced me in your disfavour.

British Dictionary definitions for disfavour

disfavour

/dɪsˈfeɪvə/
noun
1.
disapproval or dislike
2.
the state of being disapproved of or disliked
3.
an unkind act
4.
a damaging or disadvantageous effect; detriment
verb
5.
(transitive) to regard or treat with disapproval or dislike
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Word Origin and History for disfavour

chiefly British English spelling of disfavor (q.v.); for ending, see -or. Related: Disfavoured; disfavouring.

disfavor

n.

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

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