Definitions for cronyismˈkroʊ niˌɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cro•ny•ismˈkroʊ niˌɪz əm(n.)
the practice of favoring one's close friends, esp. in political appointments.
Origin of cronyism:
favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications)
favoritism to friends without regard for their qualifications, especially by appointing them to political positions.
Cronyism is partiality to long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy. Cronyism exists when the appointer and the beneficiary are in social contact; often, the appointer is inadequate to hold his or her own job or position of authority, and for this reason the appointer appoints individuals who will not try to weaken him or her, or express views contrary to those of the appointer. Politically, "cronyism" is derogatorily used.
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