double standard

double standard
noun Date: 1894 1. bimetallism 2. a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another; especially a code of morals that applies more severe standards of sexual behavior to women than to men

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  • Double standard — Double Dou ble (d[u^]b l), a. [OE. doble, duble, double, OF. doble, duble, double, F. double, fr. L. duplus, fr. the root of duo two, and perh. that of plenus full; akin to Gr. diplo os double. See {Two}, and {Full}, and cf. {Diploma}, {Duple}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • double standard — double standards N COUNT (disapproval) If you accuse a person or institution of applying double standards in their treatment of different groups of people, you mean that they unfairly allow more freedom of behaviour to one group than to another.… …   English dictionary

  • double standard — dou ble stan dard, n. a standard or set of principles governing conduct, which is applied more stringently or differently to one group of people than to another; used especially of standards of sexual behavior that condemn behavior on the part of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • double standard — [n] contrasting principles contradictory standard, two sets of rules; concepts 46,278,665 …   New thesaurus

  • double standard — n a rule, principle etc that is unfair because it treats one group of people more severely than another in the same situation …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • double standard — noun count a rule or principle that is applied to some people but not others, in a way that is unfair …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • double standard — ► NOUN ▪ a rule or principle applied unfairly in different ways to different people …   English terms dictionary

  • double standard — n. a system, code, criterion, etc. applied unequally; specif., a code of behavior that is stricter for women than for men, esp. in matters of sex …   English World dictionary

  • Double standard — For the monetary usage, see Bimetallism. A double standard is the unjust application of different sets of principles for similar situations. The concept implies that a single set of principles encompassing all situations (a single standard ) is… …   Wikipedia

  • double standard — noun an ethical or moral code that applies more strictly to one group than to another (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑ethic, ↑ethical code • Hyponyms: ↑double standard of sexual behavior * * * noun, pl ⋯ dards [count] : a situation in which two people …   Useful english dictionary

  • Double standard — Le double standard désigne, généralement pour le dénoncer, l application de règles différentes à l appréciation de deux situations qui apparaissent identiques au locuteur, un locuteur qui critique en conséquence une inégalité de traitement… …   Wikipédia en Français

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