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halo effect

heI lo fekt
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the tendency of extraneous material or ideas to affect a judgment, attitude, or the like, esp. in a favorable direction.
The halo effect of being from the boss's hometown helped his career.
definition 2: a favorable impression of a person or thing, formed from previous experience and applied, perhaps inappropriately, to subsequent actions or events.