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Favouritism and unfairness - thesaurus

Synonyms

apartheid

noun

a situation in which different groups in society live almost completely separate lives, often with one group enjoying benefits that other groups cannot enjoy

linguistic imperialism

noun

showing disapproval the belief or assumption that everyone should speak English because it is the main means of international communication

favouritism

noun

the unfair practice of giving someone help or advantages that you do not give to others

inequality

noun

a situation in which people are not equal because some groups have more opportunities, power, money etc than others

bias

noun

an attitude that you have that makes you treat someone in a way that is unfair or different from the way you treat other people

cruelty

noun

the fact of an event or situation being unfair and causing suffering to people

partiality

noun

an unfair attitude that you show when you support one person, group, or opinion more than any others

injustice

noun

an unfair action or event

imbalance

noun

a situation in which the balance between two things is not equal or fair

nepotism

noun

the practice of using your power and influence to give jobs to people in your family instead of to people who deserve to have them

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a raw deal

unfair treatment

carve-up

noun

Britishinformal the division of something such as land between different people or countries, especially in a way that seems unfair

conflict of interest(s)

a situation in which someone cannot make fair decisions because they will be affected by the results

cronyism

noun

showing disapproval the practice of giving jobs and other advantages to friends, especially in politics

favored

the American spelling of favoured

favoritism

the American spelling of favouritism

favour

noun

behaviour that helps someone and gives them an advantage in an unfair way

favoured

adjective

receiving better treatment than other people in a way that seems unfair

favourite

noun

someone who is treated better than others because a teacher, parent etc prefers them

free ride

noun

informal if someone gets a free ride, they get something without paying or working for it. This word usually shows that you think this is unfair.

inequity

noun

very formal the fact of being unfair, or an unfair situation

loaded in favour of/against

arranged to give an advantage/disadvantage to someone or something

preferential

adjective

giving one person or group an advantage over others

rough justice

noun

treatment or punishment that is not fair

seeing as/how/that it’s you

used for saying that you are giving someone special treatment because you know and like them

someone can do no wrong

used for saying that someone is considered by other people to be perfect, although you may not agree with this opinion

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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