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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
  • Then Loring's favouritism for Uncle Jack; the squire's growing jealousy, and attempt to purchase his allegiance secretly.

    Niece Catherine Mary Hampden
  • He suspects the vicar of favouritism in awarding the prizes.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • A JOB, in political phraseology, is a government office or contract obtained by secret influence or favouritism.

  • We are to draw lots for the rest, so that there shall be no favouritism.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • The corruption and favouritism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries allowed of many abuses.

  • We try not to show any favouritism to the gentlemen Tommies.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • He pointed out to Lovell that if he gave a 'fez' to his young brother, the house might accuse him of favouritism.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • In the election we must not be influenced by favouritism, but by worth.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp

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