favoritism favoritism  /ˈfeɪ və rɪ ˌtɪ zəm/


  1. (n) an inclination to favor some person or group
  2. (n) unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice



  1. This isn't favoritism, I'm just impressed.
  2. An international bureaucracy's murky rules governing favoritism remain as shrouded as ever in mystery.
  3. Yet allegations that the former First Family benefited from favoritism, commonly heard in Indonesia since the early 1980s, began to grow louder when the former President resigned.


  1. Fired trooper victim of favoritism

    Fired trooper victim of favoritism The following appeared in the Monday edition of the Tallahassee Democrat:A state hearing officer's recommendation that a fired Florida Highway Patrol trooper be reinstated is the correct response in a case that brought to light the fact that law-enforcement agencies have long-standing policies of treating elected officials differently from the way they treat ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The St. Augustine Record

  2. Nepotism Alive and Wrong

    Nepotism: “Favoritism by those in power extended toward relatives, esp. by appointing them to desirable positions.” That’s Webster’s definition.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Missourian

  3. Two members quit Clearview school board

    SHEFFIELD — Accusing fellow Clearview Schools Board of Education members of unethical conduct and showing favoritism, board members Connie Finney and Brenda Newman have resigned. The resignations were triggered by former board member Judy Maldonado being allowed to present her son with a diploma on stage during graduation ceremonies last week. Finney said then-board member [...] The post Two ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Chronicle-Telegram


  1. "I have concluded that Judge Sotomayor understands the proper role of a judge and is committed to applying the law impartially without bias or favoritism," Ms. Collins said in a statement.
    on Jul 21, 2009 By: Susan Collins Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. Noted civil rights advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton, immediately denounced her release, saying it had "all of the appearances of economic and racial favoritism."
    on Jun 7, 2007 By: Al Sharpton Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "A lot of people in England will feel there is some favoritism or penalty that is given to Lewis, but we are scrupulously fair at all times in the grand prix team," Dennis said in The Daily Telegraph's Monday editions. "I don't like to slow...
    on May 28, 2007 By: Ron Dennis Source: SI.com

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