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British Dictionary definitions for favouritism

favouritism

US favoritism

noun
  1. the practice of giving special treatment to a person or group
  2. the state of being treated as a favourite
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Examples from the Web for favouritism

Historical Examples

  • One of the marvellous things about the child was his utter lack of favouritism.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Is our own service entirely free from this sort of favouritism?

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • He suspects the vicar of favouritism in awarding the prizes.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees

  • As a matter of fact, whatever mistakes have been made, there has been no favouritism.

  • It was very kind—it was the first piece of favouritism he had shown me.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston