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[dis-fey-ver] /dɪsˈfeɪ vər/
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.
Also, especially British, disfavour.
Origin of disfavor
1525-35; dis-1 + favor
Related forms
disfavorer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fearing that Miss Patricia might regard her frivolous appearance with disfavor, she now began braiding it into one heavy braid.

  • The big stone was on her foot and she regarded it with disfavor.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The disfavor or approval of this slight man of sixty meant nothing to him.

    The Just and the Unjust Vaughan Kester
  • This means that real merit is not rewarded, and that the Duke looks on me with disfavor.

  • This new sign of Raquel's disfavor at every mention of the Americanos gave Ana several unpleasant moments.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He regarded his guest doubtfully, with a shadow of disfavor.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • When he reached the top he stopped in his tracks and stared with disfavor at the worn planks before him.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
Word Origin and History for disfavor

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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