cro·ny | \ ˈkrō-nē \
plural cronies

Definition of crony 

: a close friend especially of long standing : pal played golf with his cronies

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Examples of crony in a Sentence

The mayor rewarded his cronies with high-paying jobs after he was elected. the criminal's cronies were also closely questioned about the illegal gambling operation

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And the Obama cronies that was staffed into the DOJ. Fox News, "Rep. Meadows says subpoenas forthcoming over Russia probe," 22 June 2018 Throughout the entire Mueller investigation, Donald Trump and his band of criminal cronies have claimed that the probe would not yield any fruit because none of them have done anything wrong. Monique Judge, The Root, "If You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, Why Are You Allegedly Tampering With Witnesses?," 15 June 2018 Mr Mugabe wrecked the country’s largest export industry by grabbing land from white farmers and handing it to cronies who often knew little about farming. The Economist, "Zimbabwe’s new president may not be able to fix the economy," 19 May 2018 The president, after all, can staff the courts and the prosecutor’s office with cronies, and therefore curb scrutiny of his or her own activities, says Park Jung-eun of People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), a pressure group. The Economist, "Cases against two ex-presidents of South Korea fits an alarming pattern," 5 Apr. 2018 Christopher Christie’s and Jon Corzine’s appointments and cronies did on the State Investment Council? Joseph N. Distefano,, "Pension billions: Can N.J. cops pick better investments than Wall Street pros?," 13 July 2018 Under pressure from government cronies, most news outlets pretended that two of the main candidates, Selahattin Demirtas of the HDP and Meral Aksener of Iyi, did not exist. The Economist, "Erdogan inaugurates a new political era in Turkey," 28 June 2018 Buoyed by an economic rebound, a cluster of these smaller banks have shed bad loans, shaken up crony boardrooms and begun to merge. Max Colchester, WSJ, "How to Fix a Holy Banking Mess in Spain? Boot the Priests, Bring in the Bankers," 3 June 2018 Bureaucrats are replaced whenever power changes hands, so cronies rather than impartial experts fill many of the top jobs. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolian democracy has a familiar ailment, and it’s all about money," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of crony

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crony

perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time

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English Language Learners Definition of crony

: a close friend of someone; especially : a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors


cro·ny | \ ˈkrō-nē \
plural cronies

Kids Definition of crony

: a close friend especially of someone powerful (as a politician)

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