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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for disfavour
Historical Examples
  • Favour for a person will exalt the one, as disfavour will sink the other.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Arguments she has used to herself in his favour, and in his disfavour.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • A prejudice in favour is as hard to be totally overcome as a prejudice in disfavour.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The voices that once spoke in his praise are loud in his disfavour.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • But it is not the cloth trade alone in which it has fallen into disfavour.

  • And, after all, ever more the victim of his own restlessness than of the disfavour of fate.

  • He had been liked, he knew; now he saw the mist of disfavour rise.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The old noble—he had but one arm, she saw—still looked at her with disfavour.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • What favour or disfavour had he incurred in Spain for his irregular proceedings?

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • By the spring of 1791 Barnave followed his predecessors into disfavour.

British Dictionary definitions for disfavour


disapproval or dislike
the state of being disapproved of or disliked
an unkind act
a damaging or disadvantageous effect; detriment
(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.



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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