Definition of disfavor in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈfāvər/
(British disfavour)


1Disapproval or dislike: the headmaster regarded her with disfavor
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  • 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.
disapproval, disapprobation;
dislike, displeasure, distaste, dissatisfaction, low opinion
dated disesteem
1.1The state of being disliked: raises could be taken away if an employee fell into disfavor
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  • 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.


[with object]
Regard or treat (someone or something) with disfavor: the hypothesis was favored and disfavored by approximately equal numbers of scientists
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  • International human rights organizations, then, are important vehicles for spreading universal virtues, but they also take advantage of structural relationships that favor strong states and disfavor weak ones.
  • Why not just say government may not favor or disfavor religion?
  • In this work we have sought to characterize the channels formed by avicins and to begin exploring the conditions that favor or disfavor channel formation.

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Syllabification: dis·fa·vor

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