cro·​ny·​ism | \ ˈkrō-nē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce cronyism (audio) \

Definition of cronyism

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

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The mayor has been accused of cronyism.

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In dividing the appointment power between the executive and the Congress, the framers hoped to limit cronyism and self-interest. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Legal Spat Swells Over Naming Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General," 10 Nov. 2018 On the campaign trail, Scott has faced negative news coverage over alleged cronyism and coziness with special interests that have fueled his political committees. Alex Leary And Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Bill Nelson faces long, hard path to reelection in his toughest campaign in years," 18 June 2018 The future of two of the biggest companies in Latin America, both symbols of national sovereignty with a history of cronyism and corruption, is about as clear as a barrel of oil. The Economist, "The murky future of two Latin American oil giants," 14 June 2018 Black women are just fed up with the double standards and the cronyism, and many of our participants spoke up. Dee Poku Spalding, Marie Claire, "How I Plan to Get Funding Into the Hands of Black Female Entrepreneurs," 30 Jan. 2019 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

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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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