Definition of disfavour in English:

disfavour

(US disfavor)

noun

mass noun
  • 1Disapproval or dislike.

    ‘the headmaster regarded her with disfavour’
    • ‘There is nothing new in this: the Monarchy has almost always been regarded with disfavour, so has the ‘Establishment’, especially when times were bad.’
    • ‘A decision-maker may have unfairly regarded with disfavour one party's case either consciously or unconsciously.’
    • ‘Spam has retained some popularity in various parts of the world, although regarded with disfavour by those who eschew processed foods or have pretensions to gourmet status.’
    • ‘From the beginning, the Protestant Reformers looked with disfavor on the contemplative life and on the quality of mystery that they designated ‘otherworldly.’’
    • ‘At one stage there was also a rumour that he was in some disfavour with the board because of delays to the construction of Seven's new Martin Place studios in the heart of Sydney.’
    • ‘Today every song in the home-burned CDs met with disfavor.’
    • ‘His choice not to intervene won him international disfavor.’
    • ‘But those singled out for disfavor can be forgiven for suspecting more invidious forces at work.’
    • ‘That readership includes employees who learn what stories will meet with the favour or disfavour of management.’
    • ‘But contemporary celebrity is plugged into a relentless cycle of favour and disfavour.’
    • ‘‘It's an industry that's sensitive to public expressions of favor and disfavor,’ he said.’
    • ‘Under normal circumstances, such a situation leads to a regime of favoritism and disfavor.’
    • ‘The judge was right to view this submission with disfavour.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this year state budgets face such shortfalls that tax credits are looked upon with disfavor.’
    • ‘It has always been viewed with disfavor by our courts.’
    • ‘He looks with disfavor on this simplest solution because it imposes a particular geometry on space and also requires some kind of master clock to synchronize the updating of all the cells throughout the grid.’
    • ‘We feel disfavor for all ideals that might lead one to feel at home even in this fragile, broken time of transition; as for its ‘realities,’ we do not believe that they will last.’
    • ‘It must have been near the end of school for I was already walking barefoot, something that my father, the local country doctor, looked on with disfavor.’
    disapproval, disapprobation, lack of favour
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    1. 1.1The state of being disliked.
      ‘coal fell into disfavour because steam engines are noisy and polluting’
      • ‘Because they are difficult to grow, farro and spelt fell into disfavor as farmers turned to raising the more profitable and high-yielding commercial wheat variety.’
      • ‘Human intelligence fell into disfavor during the 90's, even into the 80's.’
      • ‘It fell into disfavor when synthetic thyroid became more popular.’
      • ‘Conservative policies then seemed to prosper as conservative parties fell into disfavor with voters.’
      • ‘In the end, the movement fell into disfavor after World War 1 due to a number of factors.’
      • ‘Over time, laws that treated women as the property of their husbands fell into disfavor, and state legislatures eliminated many of the status-based disabilities that married women had formerly endured.’
      • ‘He was also secretary to Becket with whom he was exiled when he fell into disfavour with Henry II.’
      • ‘Linking social capital between communities and representatives in the state apparatus falls into disfavour.’
      • ‘Maximus fell into disfavour and Rome sent the largest army it had ever assembled after Hannibal.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the chair who routinely fails to make the hard decisions on personnel will soon fall into disfavor with his or her dean - and then the entire department may suffer.’
      • ‘Why have we seen vaccine development fall into such disfavor?’
      • ‘However, by the mid-15th century, shields began to fall into disfavour among the cavalry, already well protected by body armour.’
      • ‘About AD 130 he fell into disfavour, although it is disputed whether or not he was exiled.’
      • ‘Overall, the motion picture is an effective and intense portrait of the downfall and destruction of a woman who falls into society's disfavor, but it is far from a flawless effort.’
      • ‘But eventually the group as a whole fell into some disfavor.’
      • ‘Therefore, the use of ampicillin has fallen into disfavor.’
      • ‘This theory seems to have fallen into disfavor for two reasons.’
      • ‘One food ingredient that has fallen into a little disfavour is transfatty acids.’
      • ‘This picture naturally also fell into disfavour.’
      • ‘Between 1983 and 1988 some tests that had been used quite widely fell into disfavour.’
      become unpopular, become disliked, get on the wrong side of someone
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verb

[with object]
  • Put at a disadvantage or treat as undesirable.

    ‘the system favours those who employ less labour and disfavours those who employ more’
    • ‘He urged military tribunals, disfavored any civilian participation and even opposed giving defendants a presumption of innocence.’
    • ‘In the United States legislation disfavouring the relationship between illegitimate children and their natural parents was quite common well into the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Daughters are disfavoured because families have to cough up huge dowries when they wed - which can range from US $100 to a new car, jewellery, apartments or more, depending on a family's social standing.’
    • ‘In modern anthropology, fetishism, like animism and totemism, tends to be disfavoured as a universalistic principle.’
    • ‘The amendment also mandates that a one man, one woman marriage will be seen as valid in all fifty states, thereby precluding any state from disallowing or disfavoring traditional marriage.’
    • ‘Prior restraints on pure speech are highly disfavored and presumptively unconstitutional.’
    • ‘I was talking about a single factor that favours one side and correspondingly disfavours the other.’
    • ‘In fact, the strong trend in the country is toward the relaxation of rules disfavoring gay parenting.’
    • ‘Just as individuals are favored or disfavored by natural selection, species may also undergo a selection of their own, with some species giving rise to more descendant species, while others go extinct.’
    • ‘Latin America, he wrote, was disfavored by geography and climate and weighted down by its history, permeated by a ‘heavy, melancholy force.’’
    • ‘To do so, the Court held, would be an example of ‘viewpoint discrimination,’ which is specifically disfavored under the Free Speech Clause.’
    • ‘The critical role of certain building block fragments in the folding of their corresponding proteins suggests that mutations in these regions will be disfavored.’
    • ‘Among other steps, they informed colleges that cutting men's sports is disfavored and reminded them they have choices for compliance.’
    • ‘As a result, this topology is hydrophobically disfavored.’
    • ‘Collateral agreements are generally disfavored because of the resources and difficulty required to monitor them.’
    • ‘The empirically observed mutations are thus neither favored nor disfavored by natural selection.’
    • ‘I disfavored her being on the trip too even though she had the same reason I did.’
    • ‘The merit of our justice system is not how it treats ‘us,’ but how it treats the hapless alien or those disfavored and accused of the worst of crimes.’
    • ‘Under this approach, a court does not start with any presumption favoring, or disfavoring, the status quo.’
    • ‘They could disfavour cases raising issues that had been settled in prior views or that were not of general significance.’

Pronunciation

disfavour

/dɪsˈfeɪvə/