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Meaning of NEPOTISM

Pronunciation:  'nepu`tizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

NEPOTISM is a 8 letter word that starts with N.


 See Also: discrimination, favoritism, favouritism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nep"o*tism\ (?; 277), n. [L. nepus, nepotus, nephew:
cf. F. n['e]potisme. See {Nephew}.]
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.

      From nepotism Alexander V. was safe; for he was without
      kindred or relatives. But there was another perhaps
      more fatal nepotism, which turned the tide of
      popularity against him -- the nepotism of his order.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bias, boodle, campaign contribution, campaign fund, discrimination, favoritism, graft, inclination, inequality, interest, involvement, leaning, one-sidedness, parti pris, partiality, partisanism, partisanship, preference, preferential treatment, public tit, public trough, slush fund, spoils of office, spoils system, undetachment, undispassionateness, unneutrality