Definition of cronyism in US English:



  • The appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.

    ‘it looked like an end to the cronyism with which many of the government's appointments had been tainted’
    • ‘The whole culture of greed, arrogance, cronyism and corruption was marvellously encapsulated in that instructive episode.’
    • ‘He came from privilege, yet fought for labor and against cronyism and corruption.’
    • ‘Now it's the code of connections, corruption, and cronyism that reigns supreme.’
    • ‘Corruption and cronyism have increased in the spheres of politics and business in an almost obscene fashion.’
    • ‘An investigation by The Sunday Times in 2003 revealed that the honours system was corrupted by spin and cronyism.’
    • ‘It's an invitation to cronyism and corruption or total ineffectuality.’
    • ‘This is a government for the insiders, for political appointments and cronyism.’
    • ‘The appointment sparked a furious row over cronyism and the use of public cash.’
    • ‘The thing about corruption or cronyism is that it's almost impossible to prove, unless its done very incompetently.’
    • ‘Sensitive to accusations of cronyism, he also wanted a non-political appointment.’
    • ‘The malpractices, incompetence, cronyism and corruption he rightly castigates are not a product of devolution.’
    • ‘Corruption, cronyism and all the usual accoutrements came in tow.’
    • ‘Charges of corruption, graft, and cronyism are common among government officials at all levels.’
    • ‘In the past week, accusations of cronyism and sexual politics have turned the city hall press gallery upside down.’
    • ‘Allegations of bias, cronyism, and petty politicking have often tainted the results.’
    • ‘He announced that reform will indeed happen and there will be an end to cronyism in the appointment of judges.’
    • ‘Being from Chicago I can tell you that I have seen quite a bit of political corruption and cronyism.’
    • ‘He also took them to task for their authority board appointments and suggested they operated a system of cronyism.’
    • ‘The vote was a sign of weariness with rampant cronyism in government and a rapidly declining economy.’
    • ‘The outcome is corruption and cronyism, which has implications for development.’