favoritism

[ fey-ver-i-tiz-uh m, feyv-ri- ]
/ ˈfeɪ vər ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈfeɪv rɪ- /

noun

the favoring of one person or group over others with equal claims; partiality: to show favoritism toward the youngest child.
the state of being a favorite.

Nearby words

  1. favorance,
  2. favored,
  3. favoredly,
  4. favorite,
  5. favorite son,
  6. favosite,
  7. favour,
  8. favourable,
  9. favourable pressure gradient,
  10. favourite

Origin of favoritism

First recorded in 1755–65; favorite + -ism

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Word Origin and History for favoritism

favoritism

n.

1763, from favorite + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper