crony

noun
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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The new man promoted cronies and created parallel units, says Julius Odwe, a career cop who was his deputy until 2011. The Economist, "Uganda’s politicised police force is not reducing crime," 5 July 2018 As democratic institutions were dismantled by El Comandante’s regime, their cronies grew in wealth and the stage was set for an enduring Ortega dictatorship. Margarita Herdocia, Time, "Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark Path as Venezuela," 13 June 2018 The funds Hungary gets from the European Union, say opposition politicians, are often channelled to Mr Orban’s cronies, including his son-in-law and the mayor of his home village, nurturing a new class of oligarchs. The Economist, "Viktor Orban is set to continue his illiberal reign," 7 Apr. 2018 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, Philly.com, "Pension billions: Can N.J. cops pick better investments than Wall Street pros?," 13 July 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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crony

noun

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

crony

noun
cro·​ny | \ˈkrō-nē \
plural cronies

Kids Definition of crony

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

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