One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
partiality, partisanship, unfair preference, preferential treatment, special treatment, preference, favour, one-sidedness, prejudice, bias, inequality, unfairness, inequity, discrimination, positive discrimination, reverse discriminationView synonyms
- ‘The people have no power to force a referendum in the face of increasing royal nepotism and misuse of power.’
- ‘There are now approximately 7,000 members of the royal family and among them, nepotism is rife.’
- ‘Bureaucratic procedures should also be relaxed in order to minimize the cost of corruption, collusion and nepotism.’
- ‘Those at the top indulged in nepotism, power politics and failed to give the Church a lead.’
- ‘Corruption and nepotism remain rampant, regardless of party in power.’
- ‘All of the aid in the world cannot penetrate political systems which are rife with corruption and nepotism.’
- ‘The idea to hide information breeds other vices such as corruption and nepotism.’
- ‘Meanwhile, we've now got 160 examples of political nepotism in Australia which you can read in full here.’
- ‘Entry to journalism was heavily influenced by nepotism.’
- ‘In a clean society, a society free of nepotism and corruption, such people would be thrown out.’
- ‘Today volunteerism had been diluted by caste, religion and nepotism.’
- ‘Such nepotism is common among post-Soviet central Asian leaders.’
- ‘When will the media act against nepotism within the industry?’
- ‘There have been accusations of nepotism and favouritism, philistinism and indolence, each clandestinely leaked to the papers.’
- ‘Reregistration is necessary to avoid corruption, collusion or nepotism among civil servants.’
- ‘Corruption, collusion and nepotism are currently worse than ever.’
- ‘In some instances, corruption and nepotism have been decentralised to the level of the local and the regional State.’
- ‘It would also widen the practice of corruption, collusion and nepotism, he said.’
- ‘They should be committed to fighting corruption and nepotism and guard against ostentatious displays of power.’
- ‘Society itself has made them a prey to illegal gratification, favouritism, nepotism etc.’
Mid 17th century: from French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nipote ‘nephew’ (with reference to privileges bestowed on the ‘nephews’ of popes, who were in many cases their illegitimate sons).
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