disfavor

When you disapprove of someone, you disfavor them. The wicked stepmother in "Cinderella" favored her own daughters but disfavored poor Cinderella. Thank goodness for that glass slipper.

You probably know your parents well enough that it's perfectly obvious when you've fallen into their disfavor. This probably only means they're annoyed or angry at you, although in some cases disfavor can mean true dislike. You can also use this word as a verb: "The political system disfavors people who don't have much money."

Definitions of disfavor
1

v put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm

Synonyms:
disadvantage, disfavour
Antonyms:
advantage
give an advantage to
Types:
hamper, handicap, hinder
put at a disadvantage
prejudice
disadvantage by prejudice
Type of:
discriminate, separate, single out
treat differently on the basis of sex or race

n the state of being out of favor

“he is in disfavor with the king”
Synonyms:
disfavour
Types:
wilderness
(politics) a state of disfavor
Type of:
rejection
the state of being rejected

n an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group

Synonyms:
disapproval, disfavour, dislike
Types:
doghouse
an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
reprobation
severe disapproval
Type of:
disposition, inclination, tendency
an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

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