F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-ver-i-tiz-uh m, feyv-ri-]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈfeɪv rɪ-/
    • /ˈfeɪ.vər.ɪ.tɪ.zəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-ver-i-tiz-uh m, feyv-ri-]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈfeɪv rɪ-/

Definitions of favoritism word

  • noun favoritism the favoring of one person or group over others with equal claims; partiality: to show favoritism toward the youngest child. 1
  • noun favoritism the state of being a favorite. 1
  • noun favoritism The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another. 1
  • noun favoritism partiality, bias towards person or group 1
  • uncountable noun favoritism If you accuse someone of favoritism, you disapprove of them because they unfairly help or favor one person or group much more than another. 0
  • noun favoritism the showing of more kindness and indulgence to some person or persons than to others; act of being unfairly partial 0

Information block about the term

Origin of favoritism

First appearance:

before 1755
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1755-65; favorite + -ism

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Favoritism


favoritism popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

favoritism usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for favoritism

noun favoritism

  • unfairness — not fair; not conforming to approved standards, as of justice, honesty, or ethics: an unfair law; an unfair wage policy.
  • nepotism — patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.
  • partisanship — an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.
  • inequity — lack of equity; unfairness; favoritism or bias.
  • discrimination — an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.

verb favoritism

  • jaundice — Also called icterus. Pathology. yellow discoloration of the skin, whites of the eyes, etc., due to an increase of bile pigments in the blood, often symptomatic of certain diseases, as hepatitis. Compare physiologic jaundice.
  • illiberality — narrowminded; bigoted.
  • prepossess — to possess or dominate mentally beforehand, as a prejudice does.
  • headset — Radio, Telephony. a device consisting of one or two earphones with a headband for holding them over the ears and sometimes with a mouthpiece attached.

Antonyms for favoritism

noun favoritism

  • fairness — the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness: I have to admit, in all fairness, that she would only be paid for part of the work.
  • impartiality — not partial or biased; fair; just: an impartial judge.
  • justiceDonald, 1925–2004, U.S. poet.

Top questions with favoritism

  • what does favoritism mean?
  • how to deal with favoritism at work?
  • how to deal with parental favoritism?
  • what is favoritism?
  • how to deal with manager favoritism?
  • what is the meaning of favoritism?
  • parents who show favoritism?
  • how to deal with favoritism in family?
  • how to deal with favoritism in the workplace?
  • how to deal with favoritism?
  • what does the bible say about showing favoritism?
  • how to avoid favoritism?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?