A display of partiality toward a favored person or group.(noun)
The state of being held in special favor.(noun)
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Use "favoritism" in a sentence
"I should call it "favoritism", it's a very popular word nowadays."
"And McHale says favoritism is less an issue in larger families, where there's a coalition of siblings rather than an alliance between parent and offspring."
"In her new book, Mom Still Likes You Best, author Jane Isay of New York City says favoritism is a "recipe for the next generation to not like each other.""