patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.
- ne·pot·ic [nuh-pot-ik], /nəˈpɒt ɪk/, nep·o·tis·tic, nep·o·tis·ti·cal, adjective
- nep·o·tist, noun
- an·ti·nep·o·tism, noun
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How to use nepotism in a sentence
An unblushing nepotist, he alienated immense fiefs belonging to the Holy See in favour of his natural children.
As a nepotist Sixtus was almost unsurpassed in the history of the Papacy.The Life of Cesare Borgia | Raphael Sabatini
Calixtus proved himself as much a nepotist as many another Pope before and since.The Life of Cesare Borgia | Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for nepotism
favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence
- nepotic (nɪˈpɒtɪk) or nepotistic, adjective
- nepotist, noun
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Cultural definitions for nepotism
Favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to their merit. Nepotism usually takes the form of employing relatives or appointing them to high office.
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