cronyism

[ kroh-nee-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈkroʊ niˌɪz əm /

noun

the practice of favoring one's close friends, especially in political appointments.

Nearby words

  1. cronkite,
  2. cronkite, walter,
  3. cronus,
  4. cronut,
  5. crony,
  6. cronyn,
  7. crook,
  8. crook one's elbow,
  9. crook, george,
  10. crookback

Origin of cronyism

First recorded in 1830–40; crony + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for cronyism

cronyism

/ (ˈkrəʊnɪˌɪzəm) /

noun

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

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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