Definition of nepotism in English:

nepotism

noun

mass noun
  • The practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

    ‘his years in office were marked by corruption and nepotism’
    • ‘Reregistration is necessary to avoid corruption, collusion or nepotism among civil servants.’
    • ‘Those at the top indulged in nepotism, power politics and failed to give the Church a lead.’
    • ‘Such nepotism is common among post-Soviet central Asian leaders.’
    • ‘The people have no power to force a referendum in the face of increasing royal nepotism and misuse of power.’
    • ‘Entry to journalism was heavily influenced by nepotism.’
    • ‘Corruption and nepotism remain rampant, regardless of party in power.’
    • ‘It would also widen the practice of corruption, collusion and nepotism, he said.’
    • ‘There are now approximately 7,000 members of the royal family and among them, nepotism is rife.’
    • ‘All of the aid in the world cannot penetrate political systems which are rife with corruption and nepotism.’
    • ‘In a clean society, a society free of nepotism and corruption, such people would be thrown out.’
    • ‘The idea to hide information breeds other vices such as corruption and nepotism.’
    • ‘They should be committed to fighting corruption and nepotism and guard against ostentatious displays of power.’
    • ‘There have been accusations of nepotism and favouritism, philistinism and indolence, each clandestinely leaked to the papers.’
    • ‘When will the media act against nepotism within the industry?’
    • ‘Bureaucratic procedures should also be relaxed in order to minimize the cost of corruption, collusion and nepotism.’
    • ‘Corruption, collusion and nepotism are currently worse than ever.’
    • ‘Society itself has made them a prey to illegal gratification, favouritism, nepotism etc.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, we've now got 160 examples of political nepotism in Australia which you can read in full here.’
    • ‘In some instances, corruption and nepotism have been decentralised to the level of the local and the regional State.’
    • ‘Today volunteerism had been diluted by caste, religion and nepotism.’
    partiality, partisanship, unfair preference, preferential treatment, special treatment, preference, favour, one-sidedness, prejudice, bias, inequality, unfairness, inequity, discrimination, positive discrimination, reverse discrimination
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Origin

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).

Pronunciation

nepotism

/ˈnɛpətɪz(ə)m/