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Definitions for nepotism
ˈnɛp əˌtɪz əmnepo·tism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nepotismnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nepotismnoun

    Fondness for nephews.

    Etymology: nepotisme, French; nepos, Latin.

    To this humour of nepotism Rome owes its present splendor; for it would have been impossible to have furnished out so many glorious palaces with such a profusion of pictures and statues, had not the riches of the people fallen into different families. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. Nepotism

    Nepotism is an advantage, privilege, or position that is granted to relatives and friends in an occupation or field. These fields may include but are not limited to, business, politics, academia, entertainment, sports, fitness, religion, and other activities. The term originated with the assignment of nephews to important positions by Catholic popes and bishops.Nepotism has been criticized since the ancient times by several philosophers, including Aristotle, Valluvar, and Confucius, condemning it as both evil and unwise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nepotismnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [L. nepus, nepotus, nephew: cf. F. npotisme. See Nephew.]


  1. Nepotism

    Nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives regardless of merit. The word nepotism is from the Latin word nepos, nepotis, from which modern Romanian nepot and Italian nipote and Catalan nebot, "nephew" or "grandchild" are also descended. For example, Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu filled the top posts in the country and the ruling Party with his siblings, nephews, nieces, and in-laws, as well as giving increasing power to his wife, Elena—she officially held the title of Deputy Prime Minister, and by the early 1980s she was placed in charge of the country when Nicolae was away on tours abroad.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nepotism

    nep′o-tizm, n. undue favouritism to one's relations, as in the bestowal of patronage.—adjs. Nepot′ic, Nepō′tious.—n. Nep′otist, one who practises nepotism. [L. nepos, nepotis, a grandson.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nepotism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nepotism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of nepotism in a Sentence

  1. Meghan McCain:

    You want to talk about nepotism? Not having to talk about the biggest scandal in the country when it has to do with your brother and you’re hosting CNN, that’s nepotism. The Cuomo family and CNN are the worst kinds of nepotism that the media has an example of, if it were my brother and he had been accused of this, you'd be damn straight I would be talking about it on 'The View' this morning, and that makes all of them cowards.

  2. Sean Maloney:

    It's nepotism and the public deserves to know what the truth is.

  3. Ganeshan Wignaraja:

    Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka and people were shocked at that extent of attempting cronyism, this combination of( nepotism) and mismanaging the economy... people were upset they elected these people.

  4. Lennie Jarratt:

    The practice of electing not only teacher union members but retired superintendents and family members to school boards is becoming a common practice in Illinois, and it presents a very high conflict of interest in board decisions and negotiations. Not only does it encourage above-normal pay increases and benefits. It allows corruption and nepotism to flourish.

  5. Felicity Huffman:

    One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it, if I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It's a great way to make a living. It really is.

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