cronyism

noun cro·ny·ism \ ˈkrō-nē-ˌi-zəm \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

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

  1. The mayor has been accused of cronyism.

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First Known Use of cronyism

1840

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Definition of cronyism for English Language Learners

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


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