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Sunday, April 08, 2001

Definitions for nepotism

  1. Favoritism shown to members of one's family, as in business; bestowal of patronage in consideration of relationship, rather than of merit or of legal claim.

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Citations for nepotism
I got a job there as a result of my grandfather being on the board of directors -- a lesson in loyalty here, or, should I say, just plain old nepotism. James Carville, Stickin': The Case for Loyalty
The staff was recruited by unabashed nepotism. Noel Annan, Changing Enemies
Origin of nepotism
Nepotism derives from Latin nepot-, nepos, "grandson, nephew." It is related to nephew, which comes from the Latin via Old French neveu.