[syn: privilege, favor, favour]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
favor \fa"vor\ (f[=a]"v[~e]r), n. [Written also favour.] [OF.
favor, F. faveur, L. favor, fr. favere to be favorable, cf.
Skr. bh[=a]vaya to further, foster, causative of bh[=u] to
become, be. Cf. Be. In the phrase to curry favor, favor is
prob. for favel a horse. See 2d Favel.]
1. Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly
disposition; kindness; good will.
Hath crawled into the favor of the king. --Shak.
2. The act of countenancing, or the condition of being
countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support;
But found no favor in his lady's eyes. --Dryden.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in
favor with God and man. --Luke ii. 52.
3. A kind act or office; kindness done or granted;
benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good
will, as distinct from justice or remuneration.
Beg one favor at thy gracious hand. --Shak.
4. Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
I could not discover the lenity and favor of this
5. The object of regard; person or thing favored.
All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man,
His chief delight and favor. --Milton.
6. A gift or present; something bestowed as an evidence of
good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something
worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a
bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a
Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy
7. Appearance; look; countenance; face. [Obs.]
This boy is fair, of female favor. --Shak.
8. (Law) Partiality; bias. --Bouvier.
9. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or
compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
10. pl. Love locks. [Obs.] --Wright.
Challenge to the favor or Challenge for favor (Law), the
challenge of a juror on grounds not sufficient to
constitute a principal challenge, but sufficient to give
rise to a probable suspicion of favor or bias, such as
acquaintance, business relation, etc. See Principal
challenge, under Challenge.
In favor of, upon the side of; favorable to; for the
In favor with, favored, countenanced, or encouraged by.
To curry favor [see the etymology of Favor, above], to
seek to gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or
With one's favor, or By one's favor, with leave; by kind
But, with your favor, I will treat it here.
Syn: Kindness; countenance; patronage; support; lenity;
grace; gift; present; benefit.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Favor \Fa"vor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Favored (f[=a]"v[~e]rd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Favoring.] [Written also favour.] [Cf. OF.
favorer, favorir. See Favor, n.]
1. To regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have
the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be
propitious to; to treat with consideration or tenderness;
to show partiality or unfair bias towards.
O happy youth! and favored of the skies. --Pope.
He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab.
--2 Sam. xx.
[The painter] has favored her squint admirably.
2. To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a
weak place favored the entrance of the enemy.
3. To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of;
as, the child favors his father.
The porter owned that the gentleman favored his
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an act of gracious kindness [syn: favor, favour]
2: an advantage to the benefit of someone or something; "the
outcome was in his favor" [syn: favor, favour]
3: an inclination to approve; "that style is in favor this
season" [syn: favor, favour]
4: a feeling of favorable regard [syn: favor, favour]
5: souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a
party [syn: party favor, party favour, favor, favour]
v 1: promote over another; "he favors his second daughter" [syn:
prefer, favor, favour]
2: consider as the favorite; "The local team was favored" [syn:
3: treat gently or carefully [syn: favor, favour]
4: bestow a privilege upon [syn: privilege, favor, favour]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
561 Moby Thesaurus words for "favor":
OK, abet, abetment, accept, acceptance, accommodate,
accomplishment, accord respect to, account, acculturate,
acknowledgment, act of courtesy, act of grace, act of kindness,
adherence, admiration, admire, adopt, adoration, adore, advance,
advantage, advocacy, advocate, aegis, affinity, aid, aid and abet,
aim at, air, ameliorate, amend, amenity, an in, answer, ape,
apotheosis, apotheosize, appear like, appreciate, appreciation,
approach, approbation, approval, approve, approve of, approximate,
ascendancy, assist, assistance, attention, auspices, authority,
avail, awe, baby, back, backing, bad books, bag, bail out,
be desirous of, be like, be partial to, be redolent of,
bear a hand, bear resemblance, bearing, befriend, behind,
benediction, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, benignity, bent,
better, bias, billet, blank check, bless, blessing, boon, boost,
break no bones, breathless adoration, bring forward, bring to mind,
brow, business letter, call to mind, call up, care, carriage,
carte blanche, cast, cast of countenance, cater to, champion,
championship, charisma, charity, charm, chit, choose,
choose rather, chosen kind, civility, civilize, clemency, clout,
coddle, color, come close, come near, comfort, commemoration,
commiseration, communication, compare with, compassion, complexion,
compliment, condolence, conduce to, consequence, consideration,
contribute to, control, convenience, cooperation, copy, copyright,
correspond, cosset, countenance, counterfeit, courtesy, credit,
cup of tea, deanship, defer to, deference, deification, deify,
demeanor, desiderate, desire, dial, discriminate, dispatch,
dispensation, disposition, do a favor, do a service, do good,
do no harm, do right by, doctor, dominance, domination, drag,
druthers, duty, ease, edify, educate, effect, elect, elevate,
emend, eminence, enchantment, encourage, encouragement, endorse,
endorsement, enhance, enlighten, enrich, entertain respect for,
epistle, espouse, esteem, estimation, evoke, exaggerated respect,
exalt, excellence, expedite, face, facial appearance, facies,
facilitate, fancy, fascination, fatten, favorable regard,
favorable vote, favoritism, feature, features, feeling,
fellow feeling, follow, for, forbearance, force, forgiveness,
forward, foster, fosterage, franchise, freedom, friendly relations,
further, garb, gesture, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift,
give help, give way to, go for, go in for, go straight, good deed,
good feeling, good graces, good offices, good terms, good turn,
good understanding, goodwill, grace, graceful gesture, grant,
gratify, great respect, greatness, guidance, guise, harmony,
hasten, have a bias, have designs on, have preference, have rather,
hearten, help, hero worship, hero-worship, high regard, hold,
hold in esteem, hold in reverence, hold with, homage, honor,
honor before, humanity, humor, idolatry, idolization, idolize,
imitate, immunity, importance, improve, improve upon, in back of,
in favor of, in support of, incidental power, inclination,
incomparability, indulge, indulgence, influence, influentiality,
inimitability, inside track, insinuation, interest,
keep in countenance, keepsake, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act,
kindness, kisser, labor of love, lard, largess, lead, leadership,
lean towards, leaning, lend a hand, lend one aid, lend wings to,
leniency, letter, leverage, liberty, license, lift, like,
like better, line, lineaments, lines, look like, look up to, looks,
love, lust, lust after, magnetism, majority, make an improvement,
make for, manna, map, mastery, match, meliorate, memento,
memento mori, memorabilia, memorial, memorials, memories, mend,
mercy, message, mien, mimic, mirror, missive, mitigation, mitzvah,
mollycoddle, moment, mug, mush, mutual affinity, mutual attraction,
mutual regard, near, nearly reproduce, nod, not tell apart, note,
nurture, obligation, oblige, office, one-upmanship, opinion,
opt for, pamper, pan, parallel, pardon, partake of, partiality,
particular choice, patent, pathos, patronage, penchant,
personal choice, personality, persuasion, phiz, physiognomy, pity,
play favorites, please, polite act, port, posture, potency, power,
precedence, predilection, predisposition, predominance,
predomination, preeminence, prefer, prefer to, preference,
prejudice, preponderance, prepossession, prepotence, prepotency,
prerogative, presence, present, pressure, prestige, priority,
privilege, prize, pro, proclivity, proffer aid, profit, promote,
propensity, protect, pull, purchase, push forward, puss,
put forward, quarter, quicken, raise, rally, rapport, rather,
reclaim, recommend, redeem, refine upon, reform, regard, reign,
relic, relief, relieve, remedy, remembrance, remembrancer,
remind one of, render assistance, reply, reprieve, repute,
rescript, rescue, resemble, respect, restore, resuscitate, revere,
reverence, reverential regard, revive, right-of-way, rule, ruth,
sanction, satisfy, save, savor of, say, seal of approval,
seconding, see fit, seem like, select, self-pity, seniority, serve,
service, set before, set forward, set up, shine upon,
show kindness to, show preference, side with, simulate, single out,
skill, smack of, smile upon, socialize, sound like, souvenir,
special favor, speed, spoil, sponsor, sponsorship, stack up with,
stamp of approval, stance, straighten out, style, suasion,
subscribe, subtle influence, success, succor, suction, suggest,
suggestion, superiority, support, supremacy, sway, sympathy,
take after, take in tow, take kindly to, take to, taste, tendency,
thing, think best, think fit, think highly of, think much of,
think proper, think well of, token, token of remembrance, traits,
transcendence, transcendency, transfigure, transform,
treat unequally, treat well, trophy, turn, tutelage, type, upgrade,
uphold, uplift, upper hand, urbanity, value, venerate, veneration,
view, view with favor, virtuosity, visage, voice, vote, want,
warrant, weight, whip hand, wish, wish to goodness, wish very much,
worship, worth, would fain do, yea, yea vote, yield to
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
FAVOR. Bias partiality; lenity; prejudice.
2. The grand jury are sworn to inquire into all offences which have
been committed, and of all violations of law, without fear, favor, or
affection. Vide Grand Jury. When a juror is influenced by bias or prejudice,
so that there is not sufficient ground for a principal challenge, he may
nevertheless be challenged for favor. Vide Challenge, and Bac. Ab. Juries,
E; Dig. 50, 17, 156, 4; 7 Pet. R. 160.