Etymology
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favoritism (n.)

"disposition to favor one person or family or one class of persons to the neglect of others having equal claims," 1763, from favorite + -ism.

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Definitions of favoritism

favoritism (n.)
an inclination to favor some person or group;
Synonyms: favouritism
favoritism (n.)
unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice;
Synonyms: discrimination / favouritism
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