What is nepotism?

  • (noun): Favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs).


Nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives regardless of merit. The word nepotism is from the Latin word nepos, nepotis (m. "nephew"), from which modern Romanian nepot and Italian nipote and Catalan nebot, "nephew" or "grandchild" are also descended.

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Prohibited Degree Of Kinship
... Two major examples of prohibited degrees are found in incest and nepotism ... Incest refers to sexual relations and marriage between closely related individuals nepotism is the preference of blood-relations in the distribution of ... One example of criminalization of nepotism is in the US state of Texas, which restricts the appointment or hiring of relatives by public officials ...
Nancy Nadel - Oakland City Council - Policy Initiatives - Anti-cronyism
... During the context of the 2008 Anti-Nepotism ordinance, Nadel wanted the ordinance to go beyond nepotism to include "cronyism" or any questionable relationship involving city workers ... The cronyism and nepotism is legendary and it goes back for 30 years." After initially opposing an earlier version of the anti-nepotism ordinance along with fellow Councilmember ...
Difference Between Nepotism and Cronyism
... Nepotism differs from cronyism primarily as nepotism refers to partiality to family whereas cronyism refers to partiality to friends or acquaintances ... Forced cronyism may be due to political promises whereas nepotism under due recess is generally due to social pressure ...
Pope Nicholas III - Nepotism
... though a man of learning noted for his strength of character, was known for his excessive nepotism ... This nepotism was lampooned both by Dante and in contemporary cartoons depicting the Pope in his fine robes and three "little bears" (orsatti) hanging on below, a pun on the family name ...

Famous quotes containing the word nepotism:

    All experience teaches that, whenever there is a great national establishment, employing large numbers of officials, the public must be reconciled to support many incompetent men; for such is the favoritism and nepotism always prevailing in the purlieus of these establishments, that some incompetent persons are always admitted, to the exclusion of many of the worthy.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)