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partiality

[pahr-shee-al-i-tee, pahr-shal-] /ˌpɑr ʃiˈæl ɪ ti, pɑrˈʃæl-/
noun, plural partialities.
1.
the state or character of being partial.
2.
a favorable bias or prejudice:
the partiality of parents for their own children.
3.
a special fondness, preference, or liking (usually followed by to or for):
a partiality for country living.
Origin of partiality
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English parcialite < Medieval Latin partiālitās. See partial, -ity
Related forms
nonpartiality, noun, plural nonpartialities.
overpartiality, noun
Synonyms
2. favoritism. 3. leaning, inclination, bent, predilection.
Antonyms
3. dislike.
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  • The conscious Cecilia here turned away her head; too certain he alluded to the discovery of her partiality.

    Cecilia, Volume 2 (of 3) Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d'Arblay)
  • The one defect acknowledged by his biographer was his partiality for women.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • He asked if he could be suspected of partiality to the whites?

  • She had never known her sister to show the least partiality to any other man.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • The great reason for this was the want of punctuality in the payment of rates and taxes, and the partiality shown by collectors.

  • Having a partiality for Robert, this was not likely to recommend his enemy in her eyes.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The Parliamentary discussion did not reveal any partiality for one side in the American quarrel above the other.

  • Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for partiality

partiality

/ˌpɑːʃɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
favourable prejudice or bias
2.
(usually foll by for) liking or fondness
3.
the state or condition of being partial
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Word Origin and History for partiality
n.

"one-sidedness," early 15c., from Middle French parcialité, from Medieval Latin partialitatem (nominative partialitas), from partialis (see partial).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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