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favoritism

[fey-ver-i-tiz-uh m, feyv-ri-]
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noun
  1. the favoring of one person or group over others with equal claims; partiality: to show favoritism toward the youngest child.
  2. the state of being a favorite.
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Origin of favoritism

First recorded in 1755–65; favorite + -ism
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n.

1763, from favorite + -ism.

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