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cronyism

[kroh-nee-iz-uh m] /ˈkroʊ niˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the practice of favoring one's close friends, especially in political appointments.
Origin of cronyism
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; crony + -ism
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  • These two plagues – cronyism and nepotism – haunt public procurement.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • And corruption was both rife and rampant – nepotism, cronyism, outright bribery.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for cronyism

cronyism

/ˈkrəʊnɪˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
the practice of appointing friends to high-level, esp political, posts regardless of their suitability
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Word Origin and History for cronyism
n.

1840, "friendship," from crony + -ism. Meaning "appointment of friends to important positions, regardless of ability" is originally American English, from c.1950.

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