[ dis-fey-ver ]
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  1. unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike: The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.

  2. the state of being regarded unfavorably; disrepute: The fashions of one year are in disfavor the next.

  1. a disadvantageous or detrimental act; disservice: The pianist did himself a disfavor in trying to sing.

verb (used with object)
  1. to regard or treat with disfavor.

Origin of disfavor

First recorded in 1525–35; dis-1 + favor
  • Also especially British, dis·fa·vour .

Other words from disfavor

  • dis·fa·vor·er, noun

Words Nearby disfavor

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How to use disfavor in a sentence

  • Another consideration explains the historical and popular disfavor in which Catherine is held.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • Finkenstein and Kalkstein were always covertly rather of the Queen's party, and now stand reprimanded, and in marked disfavor.

  • Mr. Bangs's fish eyes regarded him with glittering disfavor.

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • "So ignominious," said Sylvia, looking over her person with disfavor.

    The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham