"You've hit it," replied the cattleman, staring the stranded actor up and down with an unfavoring eye.
May no sorrow be allotted thee by an unfavoring Heaven, And may no care torment thy heart.
Has not a plant been positively injured when its most beautiful possibilities are unrealized because of unfavoring conditions?
c.1300, "attractiveness, charm," from Old French favor (13c., Modern French faveur) "favor, approval, partiality," from Latin favorem (nominative favor) "good will, inclination, partiality, support," coined by Cicero from stem of favere "to show kindness to," from PIE *ghow-e- "to honor, revere, worship." Meaning "act of kindness" is from late 14c. Meaning "thing given as a mark of favor" is from 1580s. Phrase in favor of recorded from 1560s.
"to regard with favor, indulge, treat with partiality," mid-14c., from Old French favorer, from favor (see favor (n.)). Related: Favored; favoring.