disfavour

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From Middle French desfaveur

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disfavour (countable and uncountable, plural disfavours)

  1. Lack of favour; displeasure.
    His lateness for the appointment incurred her disfavour.
    • Bible, Is. x. 6 (1551)
      the people that deserved my disfavour
    • 1839, William Ewart Gladstone, The State in Its Relations with the Church:
      These same misdeeds have raised a strong sentiment of disfavour against its ally.
  2. An unkindness; a disobliging act.
  3. A state of being out of favour.
    • 2013 September 18, “Editorial: Seriously ill still need asylum”, in Vancouver Sun:
      The term “insane asylum” fell into disfavour long ago, but asylum is what some mentally ill people need.

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disfavour (third-person singular simple present disfavours, present participle disfavouring, simple past and past participle disfavoured)

  1. To show lack of favour or antipathy towards.
    Her past performance meant that she was often disfavoured for important tasks.

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  • disfavour at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • disfavour in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911