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cronyism

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noun cro·ny·ism \-nē-ˌi-zəm\

Simple Definition of cronyism

  • : the unfair practice by a powerful person (such as a politician) of giving jobs and other favors to friends

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cronyism

  1. :  partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications

Examples of cronyism in a sentence

  1. The mayor has been accused of cronyism.



1840

First Known Use of cronyism

1840


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