unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike: The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.
the state of being regarded unfavorably; disrepute: The fashions of one year are in disfavor the next.
a disadvantageous or detrimental act; disservice: The pianist did himself a disfavor in trying to sing.

verb (used with object)

to regard or treat with disfavor.

Nearby words

  1. disestablish,
  2. disestablishmentarian,
  3. disesteem,
  4. diseur,
  5. diseuse,
  6. disfavour,
  7. disfeature,
  8. disfellowship,
  9. disfigure,
  10. disfigurement

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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British Dictionary definitions for disfavour


US disfavor


disapproval or dislike
the state of being disapproved of or disliked
an unkind act
a damaging or disadvantageous effect; detriment


(tr) to regard or treat with disapproval or dislike
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Word Origin and History for disfavour
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