Nepotism
Nepotism Nep"o*tism (?; 277), n. [L. nepus, nepotus, nephew: cf. F. n['e]potisme. See {Nephew}.] Undue attachment to relations; favoritism shown to members of one's family; bestowal of patronage in consideration of relationship, rather than of merit or of legal claim. [1913 Webster]

From nepotism Alexander V. was safe; for he was without kindred or relatives. But there was another perhaps more fatal nepotism, which turned the tide of popularity against him -- the nepotism of his order. --Milman. [1913 Webster]


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  • nepotism — nep‧o‧tis‧m [ˈnepətɪzm] noun [uncountable] disapproving the practice of giving jobs to members of your family when you are in a position of power: • Some senior executives have been accused by shareholders of mismanagement and nepotism. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • nepotism — noun bias, corruptibility, corruption, family patronage, favor, favoritism, inequitableness, inequity, injustice, interest, leaning, partiality, partisanism, partisanship, patronage, preferential treatment, undetachment, unfairness, unjustness… …   Law dictionary

  • nepotism — (n.) favoritism shown to relatives, especially in appointment to high office, 1660s, from Fr. népotisme (1650s), from It. nepotismo, from nepote nephew, from L. nepotem (nom. nepos) grandson, nephew (see NEPHEW (Cf. nephew)). Originally, practice …   Etymology dictionary

  • nepotism — [n] favoritism bias, discrimination, inequity, one sidedness, partiality, partisanship, preference, preferential treatment; concepts 41,388,645 …   New thesaurus

  • nepotism — ► NOUN ▪ favouritism shown to relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. DERIVATIVES nepotistic adjective. ORIGIN Italian nepotismo, from nipote nephew (with reference to privileges bestowed on the ‘nephews’ of popes, often really… …   English terms dictionary

  • nepotism — [nep′ə tiz΄əm] n. [Fr népotisme < It nepotismo < nepote, nephew < L nepos (gen. nepotis), grandson, NEPHEW: from favoritism shown to “nephews” by medieval prelates] favoritism shown to relatives, esp. in appointment to desirable… …   English World dictionary

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  • nepotism — [[t]ne̱pətɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Nepotism is the unfair use of power in order to get jobs or other benefits for your family or friends. Many will regard his appointment as the kind of nepotism British banking ought to avoid …   English dictionary

  • nepotism — nepotic /neuh pot ik/, nepotistic, nepotistical, adj. nepotist, n. /nep euh tiz euhm/, n. 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… …   Universalium

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