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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.
  3. a disadvantageous or detrimental act; disservice: The pianist did himself a disfavor in trying to sing.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to regard or treat with disfavor.
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Also especially British, dis·fa·vour.

Origin of disfavor

First recorded in 1525–35; dis-1 + favor
Related formsdis·fa·vor·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for disfavour

Historical Examples

  • Favour for a person will exalt the one, as disfavour will sink the other.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Arguments she has used to herself in his favour, and in his disfavour.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • A prejudice in favour is as hard to be totally overcome as a prejudice in disfavour.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The voices that once spoke in his praise are loud in his disfavour.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • But it is not the cloth trade alone in which it has fallen into disfavour.

British Dictionary definitions for disfavour


US disfavor

  1. disapproval or dislike
  2. the state of being disapproved of or disliked
  3. an unkind act
  4. a damaging or disadvantageous effect; detriment
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  1. (tr) to regard or treat with disapproval or dislike
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Word Origin and History for disfavour

chiefly British English spelling of disfavor (q.v.); for ending, see -or. Related: Disfavoured; disfavouring.

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1530s; see dis- "the opposite of" + favor (n.). As a verb, from 1560s. Related: Disfavored; disfavoring.

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