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

Examples of cronyism in a Sentence

The mayor has been accused of cronyism.

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The comments echoed criticism by progressive political groups up and down the state, who have said the current programs rewarded cronyism and big businesses, at the expense of neighborhoods and workers in struggling communities. Catherine Dunn,, "Gov. Murphy pushes new tax credit proposals, amid investigations of current program," 5 June 2019 As India’s own history shows, the nativist road inevitably leads to cronyism, inefficiency and a raw deal for consumers. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Politics May Trip Up Amazon and Walmart in India," 10 Jan. 2019 What began as an outcry over a young journalist’s murder has in the past month morphed into a mass general movement to end cronyism in this post-communist state. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Slovakia, children of the Velvet Revolution lead fight to be 'normal'," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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