Definition of double standard in English:

double standard


  • A rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.

    ‘the double standards employed to deal with ordinary people and those in the City’
    • ‘The international community has had double standards over this issue.’
    • ‘There are clearly double standards when it comes to accountability for collective failures.’
    • ‘Politics is a world of double standards, hidden agendas, bias and negative activism.’
    • ‘One such feature is of course the presence of double standards.’
    • ‘And he believes double standards exist in the way road and train drivers are dealt with.’
    • ‘It is riddled with inconsistencies, double standards, and sheer confusion.’
    • ‘Externally, we are being pushed by those who believe in hegemony, bias, and double standards.’
    • ‘The arithmetic suggests double standards are not the exclusive property of one side.’
    • ‘I think you are employing a double standard here that I don't understand.’
    • ‘I don't get the constant double standards and idiocy of this aesthetically obsessed society we live in.’
    • ‘Accusations of double standards or nefarious intent would be much harder to sustain.’
    • ‘Apologists for the double standard claim the difference lies between one being a dictatorship and the other a democracy.’
    • ‘The different treatment displays the existence of a profound double standard.’
    • ‘The persistent application of double standards can bring about undesirable results.’
    • ‘With such double standards how can we expect our children to stop taking ‘street’ drugs?’
    • ‘This is not the first time that these double standards have appeared.’
    • ‘In media, such double standards become pretty clear if you compare the regional press with the national press.’
    • ‘These double standards won't pass any test anywhere for fairness and equity.’
    • ‘The challenge to the postmodern world is to get used to the idea of double standards.’
    • ‘The problem is that I have this childish belief in consistency and a dislike of double standards.’


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