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/ˈfeɪvərɪˌtɪzəm; ˈfeɪvrɪ-/
the practice of giving special treatment to a person or group
the state of being treated as a favourite
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  • 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
  • “Unless he goes in for favouritism; which it seems he is doing,” said Ainger.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • We are to draw lots for the rest, so that there shall be no favouritism.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • Wilton had on one occasion said something about favouritism, but Bourne had only laughed.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
  • We try not to show any favouritism to the gentlemen Tommies.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • I never allowed any favouritism; what one got the other got.

    Mary Broome Allan Monkhouse

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