Definitions

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  • n. The state of being out of favour.
  • v. The act of showing lack of favour or antipathy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
  • n. the state of being out of favor
  • v. put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm

Etymologies

From Middle French desfaveur (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Moral disfavour is something you're going to have to get used to, we fear, especially if you're going to carry on preaching the condemnation of homosexuality in a culture that now very often, and more so by the day, deems that message as obsolete and objectionable as the condemnation of "miscegenation."

    An Open Letter to the Usual Suspects

  • Yet she saw she was often in some kind of disfavour with her husband, and it made her uneasy.

    Wives and Daughters

  • If you stick around long enough, you fall into disfavour.

    Film of The Deep Blue Sea returns playwright Terence Rattigan to the spotlight

  • Except, of course, that we can all think of good writers who are hardly read, or unknown, or fallen into disfavour (and if lucky, rediscovered again at some point).

    Measuring success

  • A leader respects the rules and defends them even when the rules may disfavour him/her,

    Clinton: Obama will be 'good friend to Israel'

  • Sir John, who was the former head of the Met Office but is now living in semi-active retirement in Wales, said he is considering taking legal action because he feels that the continued recycling of the misquotation is doing him and his science a huge disfavour.

    Developing

  • We know now why Stapleton looked with disfavour upon his sister's suitor -- even when that suitor was so eligible a one as Sir Henry.

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • "Nor do I," agreed Dela garde, regarding his aunt with disfavour.

    Gatlinburg

  • William of Ypres was beside him, the chief of the king's Flemings, and beyond him Cadfael, craning and peering in the doorway between the heads of others equally intent, could just see Nigel, Bishop of Ely, newly reconciled to the king after some years of disfavour, and no doubt wishful to keep his recovered place among the approved.

    A River So Long

  • Her favour and her disfavour were equally scarifying, and equally to be avoided.

    A River So Long

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