Definitions for: Nepotism


[n] favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)



Webster (1913) Definition: Nep"o*tism (?; 277), n. [L. nepus, nepotus, nephew:
cf. F. n['e]potisme. See Nephew.]
Undue attachment to relations; favoritism shown to members of
one's family; bestowal of patronage in consideration of
relationship, rather than of merit or of legal claim.

From nepotism Alexander V. was safe; for he was without
kindred or relatives. But there was another perhaps
more fatal nepotism, which turned the tide of
popularity against him -- the nepotism of his order.
--Milman.

See Also: discrimination, favoritism, favouritism

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