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or (especially British) disfavour

[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.
Origin of disfavor
1525-35; dis-1 + favor
Related forms
disfavorer; especially British, disfavourer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disfavour
Historical Examples
  • The unpopularity of the president among the young men was extreme, and the disfavour was not confined to them.

  • There are no signs anywhere of favour or of disfavour interfering with fidelity.

  • There were not a few white people in the vicinity of Tuskegee who looked with some disfavour upon the project.

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
  • He had been liked, he knew; now he saw the mist of disfavour rise.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The popular feeling which held these great establishments in disfavour had gradually grown.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • The old noble—he had but one arm, she saw—still looked at her with disfavour.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • Towards the end of his life he fell into some sort of disfavour, and lived in retirement at Teddington.

  • What favour or disfavour had he incurred in Spain for his irregular proceedings?

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The voices that once spoke in his praise are loud in his disfavour.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • I confess it was the affair of the broken china that prejudiced me in your disfavour.

British Dictionary definitions for disfavour


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



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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