(Fa"vor*it*ism) n. [Cf. F. favoritisme.] The disposition to favor and promote the interest of
one person or family, or of one class of men, to the neglect of others having equal claims; partiality.
A spirit of favoritism to the Bank of the United States.A. Hamilton.
1. Unfavored; not regarded with favor; having no countenance or support.
2. Unpropitious; unfavorable. [Obs.] "Fortune favorless." Spenser.
(Fa*vose") a. [L. favus honeycomb.]
1. (Bot.) Honeycombed. See Faveolate.
2. (Med.) Of or pertaining to the disease called favus.
(Fav"o*site) a. (Zoöl.) Like or pertaining to the genus Favosites.
(||Fav`o*si"tes) n. [NL. See Favose.] (Paleon.) A genus of fossil corals abundant in the
Silurian and Devonian rocks, having polygonal cells with perforated walls.
(||Fa"vus) n. [L., honeycomb.]
1. (Med.) A disease of the scalp, produced by a vegetable parasite.
2. A tile or flagstone cut into an hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern, as in a pavement;
called also favas and sectila. Mollett.
(Fawe) a. [See Fain.] Fain; glad; delighted. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Fawk"ner) n. [See Falconer.] A falconer. [Obs.] Donne.
(Fawn) n. [OF. faon the young one of any beast, a fawn, F. faon a fawn, for fedon, fr. L. fetus.
1. (Zoöl.) A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year. See Buck.
2. The young of an animal; a whelp. [Obs.]
[The tigress] . . . followeth . . . after her fawns.Holland.
3. A fawn color.
(Fawn), a. Of the color of a fawn; fawn-colored.
(Fawn), v. i. [Cf. F. faonner.] To bring forth a fawn.
(Fawn), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fawned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fawning.] [OE. fawnen, fainen, fagnien,
to rejoice, welcome, flatter, AS. fægnian to rejoice; akin to Icel. fagna to rejoice, welcome. See Fain.]
To court favor by low cringing, frisking, etc., as a dog; to flatter meanly; often followed by on or upon.
You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds.Shak.
Thou with trembling fear,Milton.
Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest.
Courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him.Macaulay.