• Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
    Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v favor consider as the favorite "The local team was favored"
    • v favor promote over another "he favors his second daughter"
    • v favor bestow a privilege upon
    • v favor treat gently or carefully
    • n favor an act of gracious kindness
    • n favor souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
    • n favor an advantage to the benefit of someone or something "the outcome was in his favor"
    • n favor an inclination to approve "that style is in favor this season"
    • n favor a feeling of favorable regard
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
    • favor 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 wedding. "Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy cap."
    • favor 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."
    • favor A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
    • favor Appearance; look; countenance; face. "This boy is fair, of female favor ."
    • favor Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will. "Hath crawled into the favor of the king."
    • favor Love locks. "But, with your favor , I will treat it here."
    • favor Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity. "I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence."
    • favor (Law) Partiality; bias.
    • favor The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending. "But found no favor in his lady's eyes.""And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
    • favor The object of regard; person or thing favored. "All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man,
      His chief delight and favor ."
    • Favor To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy.
    • Favor 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.""He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab.""The painter] has favored her squint admirably."
    • Favor 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 master."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Until the late 1800's, people roasted their coffee at home. Popcorn poppers and stove-top frying pans were favored.
    • n favor Good will; kind regard; countenance; friendly disposition; a willingness to aid, support, or defend.
    • n favor The state of favoring or of being favored; friendly consideration bestowed or received; objective regard, aid, support, or behoof: with in: as, to be or act in favor of a person or thing; to resign an office in favor of another; he is in high favor at court or with the people.
    • n favor The object of kind regard; the person or thing favored.
    • n favor A kind act or office; kindness done or manifested; any act of grace or good will, as distinguished from acts of justice or remuneration.
    • n favor Partial kindness; biased regard or consideration; predilection; partiality: as, kissing goes by favor; a fair field and no favor.
    • n favor Leave; permission; indulgence; concession.
    • n favor Advantage; convenience afforded for success: as, the enemy approached under favor of the night.
    • n favor Something bestowed as a token of good will or of love; a gift or present; hence, a gift, usually from a woman to a man, as a sleeve, glove, or knot of ribbons, to be worn, as a token of friendship or love, at a fair or wedding, in a festive assembly, or habitually, as formerly in knight-errantry. Now specifically applied to the small gifts of various kinds exchanged between the partners in the dance called the german.
    • n favor Countenance; appearance; look; features.
    • n favor A charm; attraction; grace.
    • n favor A letter or written communication: said complimentarily: as, your favor of yesterday's date is to hand.
    • n favor Synonyms Patronage, support, championship. Benefit.
    • favor To regard with favor; entertain favor for; be disposed to aid; countenance; befriend; regard or treat with favor or partiality; accommodate: as, to favor the weaker side.
    • favor To be favorable to; facilitate or render easier: as, the darkness of the night favored the enemy's approach.
    • favor To resemble in features or aspect; look somewhat like.
    • favor To ease; spare: as, to favor a lame leg.
    • favor To extenuate; palliate; represent favorably, as in painting or description.
    • favor Synonyms To patronize, help, assist.
    • favor To have the semblance (of).
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  • Seneca
    “A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.”
  • Andre Breton
    “In the world we live in everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Chance generally favors the prudent.”
  • Robert Burns
    “How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.”
  • Horace
    “Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also favour,


In literature:

The speech of Captain White Eyes was not received with favor.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Fortune favored him this time, if it can be called a favor.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
If God had not granted us favorable weather, we should all have perished of hunger.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
They are easier to wound, and easier to kill, than we are, under the same favor of the gods as we experienced at Kunaxa.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
To some kinds of culture the soil is not favorable.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
They soon fell into two factions; those who were in favor of force and those in favor of agitation only.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Every one here is in your favor.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
I shall seek a more northerly current to-morrow morning if this wind does not become more favorable by that time.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
However, as a favor I'll take you until after harvest for your board.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
It was a great favor, a very great favor.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith

In poetry:

We've had awr shares o' ups an daans,
I' this world's whirligig;
An for its favors or its fraans
We needn't care a fig.
"Sixty An Sixteen" by John Hartley
Poor Matthew! Once of genius bright,
A fortune-favored child—
Now locked for aye, in mental night,
A haggard mad-man wild.
"My Childhood Home I See Again" by Abraham Lincoln
Sweet, peaceful dreamland! I await
The favored hour, to pass again
Within thine asphodelian gate,
Beyond the miseries of men;
"Dreamland" by John Lawson Stoddard
"The grace and favor else denied
May well be granted for thy sake."
So, tempted, doubting, sorely tried,
A younger pilgrim spake.
"Between The Gates" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Judge us not, O! favored races,
From the lofty heights of fame,
Rather measure our progression,
By the depths from whence we came.
"Federic Douglass" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Ill favor'd weeds, and poison'd fruit,
In rank luxuriance reign,
And virtuous plants may strive to grow,
But strive to grow in vain.
"Display" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Thank goodness for small favors.
Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Marco Polo, Hippocrates and Wolfgang Puck have all favored frozen desserts.
The ixora is a favored plant in Florida landscapes and is easy to grow and maintain.
While the Cygnet is a Europe-only offering, Aston is actively considering taking it to the US Toyota is homologating the Scion iQ for this market, which acts in the Cygnet 's favor.
Women tend to favor an 'ethic of care' over an 'ethic of rights.'.
Strike the Bell surprised favored.
Americans' favorable rating of the Democratic Party dropped to 41% in a late March USA Today/Gallup poll, the lowest point in the 18-year history of this measure.
Bernanke Readies More QE, Favors New Data-Based Guidance.
Certainly Warren Buffett doesn't, though he favors a punitive death-tax rate.
While 47% of Sweetwater residents are in favor of the proposed plant being built, 36% oppose its construction, and 17% are unsure whether the plant should be built.
Conventional tactical operations jeopardizes all operating personnel and creates unbalanced risk management profiles that are typically not favorable.
Interest in favored armor vendors.
Navy torpedoed any thoughts East Carolina had of clinching bowl eligibility Saturday as it brutalized the Pirates 56-28 behind a dominant rushing performance on a rain-soaked field that appeared to favor its style of play.
Consumers defer back-to-school shopping in favor of home-related purchases.
The decision is a bit harder for a single individual, but the basics still favor deferring for three reasons.

In science:

Pl¨ucker’s paper is a polemic against Steiner and his methods in favor of analytic geometry.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
The uncertainties coming from the FFs are included in our error estimates on mX .) The UHECR data favors the EG-MSSM scenario.
Grand Unification Signal from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays?
As a consequence, the free energy cost to create an interface in either box becomes small, while the formation of such interfaces is entropically favorable.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
For small g , all configurations are equally favorable.
Numerical Replica Limit for the Density Correlation of the Random Dirac Fermion
Several authors have argued that the formation of high mass stars may be favored in starburst regions, which would result in a lower value of Γ.
The Formation of Star Clusters