fa·vor·it·ism /ˈfev(ə)rəˌtɪzəm, ˈfevɚ/
Fa·vor·it·ism n. 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.
n 1: an inclination to favor some person or group [syn: favouritism]
2: unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of
prejudice [syn: discrimination, favouritism]