nepotism

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Borrowed from French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from Latin nepōs (nephew), a reference to the practice of popes appointing relatives (most often nephews) as cardinals during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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nepotism (countable and uncountable, plural nepotisms)

  1. The favoring of relatives or personal friends because of their relationship rather than because of their abilities.
    Antonyms: meritocracy, merit system
    Coordinate term: cronyism
    Nepotism can get you very far in the world if you've got the right connections.
    • 2006 September 27, “China airbrushes Chen”, in Financial Times[1]:
      Mr Chen - a member of the national politburo as well as the Shanghai boss - is accused of nepotism and corruption on a grand scale: protecting political allies, granting preferment to his family and looting Shanghai's pension fund.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French népotisme.

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nepotism n (uncountable)

  1. nepotism

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