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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; promotion; befriending. 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 fabor of this sentence. (Swift)
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 represent; 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. (Shak)
7. Appearance; look; countenance; face. This boy is fair, of female favor. (Shak)
8. Partiality; bias.
9. A letter or epistle; so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
10. Love locks. Challenge
to the favor or for favor, 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 advantage of. In favor with, favored, countenanced, or encouraged by. To curry favor the etymology of favor, above, to seek to gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or officious civilities. With one’s favor, or By one’s favor, with leave; by kind permission. But, with your favor, i will treat it here. (Dryden)
Synonym: Kindness, countenance, patronage, support, lenity, grace, gift, present, benefit.
Origin: OF. Favor, f. Faveur, L. Favor, fr. Favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. Bhavaya to further, foster, causative of bh to become, be. Cf. Be. In the phrase to curry favor, favor is prob. For favel a horse. See Favel.

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