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favoritism

[fey-ver-i-tiz-uh m, feyv-ri-] /ˈfeɪ vər ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈfeɪv rɪ-/
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.
Origin of favoritism
1755-1765
1755-65; favorite + -ism
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n.

1763, from favorite + -ism.

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