cro·​ny·​ism | \ ˈkrō-nē-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of cronyism

: 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

The mayor has been accused of cronyism.

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Black women are just fed up with the double standards and the cronyism in venture capital. Dee Poku Spalding, Marie Claire, "How I Plan to Get Funding Into the Hands of Black Female Entrepreneurs," 30 Jan. 2019 Making matters worse, the EB-5 Program is also a bipartisan source of political corruption and cronyism. John Vecchione And, WSJ, "No More Pay-to-Play Green Cards," 18 Sep. 2018 Handouts like this to Amazon and other prominent companies are appalling in their cronyism, pure and simple. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 The program lapsed into cronyism this summer when its leader, Alain Kaloyeros, was convicted of a bid-rigging scheme to funnel money to firms whose executives donated to Mr. Cuomo’s campaign. Gerard Gayou, WSJ, "A Republican Tries to Beat the Odds in New York," 26 Oct. 2018 But with economic growth came corruption, land-grabbing and cronyism as well as a culture of impunity typical of a broken justice system. Fox News, "Cambodia's election a sure thing for long-serving leader," 27 July 2018 Norpac’s petition is an example of protectionist cronyism. Steve Forbes, WSJ, "Trump’s Newsprint Tariff Is a Tax on America’s Free Press," 28 June 2018 By its nature, the village manager form of government is more representative of the population and less susceptible to cronyism. Steve Schering,, "After more than 60 years, Oak Park Village Manager Association announces dissolution," 15 June 2018 To end the misallocation of resources caused by small-business cronyism, public policy should be guided by the principle of size neutrality. Robert D. Atkinson, WSJ, "Stop Propping Up Small Business," 6 Apr. 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cronyism

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

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