Definition of favouritism in English:


(US favoritism)


  • 1The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another.

    ‘my parents would vehemently deny showing favouritism towards one child in particular’
    • ‘It wasn't just the obvious favouritism towards their own daughter that ticked him off either, that wasn't even the beginning of it.’
    • ‘Another industry practice that may need re-examination, the panelists said, is the role of favoritism and preferential treatment in the newsroom.’
    • ‘Under such circumstances, favoritism is practically impossible to conceal, and therefore unlikely to be attempted.’
    • ‘Embezzlement of oil revenues, bribery, and ethnic favoritism are all common practices.’
    • ‘The effects of this phenomenon are compounded by the continued practice of favouritism in political appointments, promotions and other decisions.’
    • ‘Many of them are serious candidates for the position, but the public will not be informed of who they are in order to eliminate any feelings of bias or favoritism towards particular candidates.’
    • ‘They practiced favoritism, making themselves, their friends and their families rich from the public coffers.’
    • ‘The next administration should also guarantee the two-year term of the prosecutor general and refrain from putting prosecutors under its tight grip through favoritism in personnel management.’
    • ‘And despite coming under heavy fire from political opponents for alleged favouritism towards his home county, the minister is remaining defiant.’
    • ‘And in the same vein there is a need to do away with corruption, a public disease, nepotism, favouritism, racism and other administrative deterring activities.’
    • ‘He does not want to hear about favouritism towards kindergartens.’
    • ‘According to this view, although the Constitution precludes government favoritism of one religion over another, it does not outlaw government endorsement of religious ideology in general.’
    • ‘But the religious-economies model predicts that religiosity will grow weaker if these monopoly religions retain their political favoritism.’
    • ‘And when I was in office, I was very careful to separate completely any religious commitment of mine and assuring of favoritism or preference to Christianity or my own faith.’
    • ‘Anything else would smack of favoritism and unfair treatment for a general officer.’
    • ‘Ideally, a way would be found to encourage this official to keep an eye on all contributions, to avoid creating unfair favoritism.’
    • ‘However, in the next night, fifteen of the thirty boxing judges were fired for showing unfair favoritism.’
    • ‘Negotiations have stalled on more than 30 issues, including fair wages and an end to discrimination and favoritism in hiring and promotions.’
    • ‘But, this program was plagued by agency mismanagement, political favoritism and corruption.’
    • ‘Rivalry between brothers is a central theme of Genesis, fueled always by favoritism and preference for the second-born.’
    partiality, partisanship, unfair preference, preferential treatment, special treatment, preference, favour, one-sidedness, prejudice, bias, inequality, unfairness, inequity, discrimination, positive discrimination, reverse discrimination
    nepotism, keeping it in the family, looking after one's own
    jobs for the boys
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  • 2The state or condition of being the competitor thought most likely to win a sporting contest.

    ‘the horse shares favouritism with her French-trained rival at 6-1’
    • ‘She completed the double in the seventh race where she shared favouritism at 6/4 with him.’
    • ‘In the fourth event they shared favouritism at 6/4 and they dominated this race from the outset.’
    • ‘They shared favouritism at 2/1.’
    • ‘They share favouritism for the Grand National Hurdles.’
    • ‘Three runners share the overnight favoritism for the Melbourne Cup at odds ranging from 6-to - 1 to 8-to - 1.’