WORD ORIGIN noun 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. Nearby words nepit, nepman, nepos, nepos, cornelius, nepotic, neptune, neptunian, neptunium, neptunium series, ner tamid Origin of nepotism
dating back to
-ism Related forms ne·pot·ic , [n uh- 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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British Dictionary definitions for nepotistic noun favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence Derived Forms nepotic ( nɪˈpɒtɪk) or nepotistic, adjective nepotist, noun Word Origin for nepotism
C17: from Italian
nepotismo, from nepote nephew, from the former papal practice of granting special favours to nephews or other relatives
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Word Origin and History for nepotistic n.
"favoritism shown to relatives, especially in appointment to high office," 1660s, from French
népotisme (1650s), from Italian nepotismo, from nepote "nephew," from Latin nepotem (nominative nepos) "grandson, nephew" (see nephew). Originally, practice of granting privileges to a pope's "nephew" which was a euphemism for his natural son.
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Culture definitions for nepotistic nepotism [( nep-uh-tiz-uhm)]
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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