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cronyism

[kroh-nee-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the practice of favoring one's close friends, especially in political appointments.
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Origin of cronyism

First recorded in 1830–40; crony + -ism
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Related Words for cronyism

cronyism, toleration, disdain, civility, deference, patronizing, insolence, sufferance, patronization

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Historical Examples of cronyism

  • 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

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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