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Definition of nepotism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

nepotism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈnepətɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnepətɪzəm//
 
[uncountable] (disapproving)
 
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giving unfair advantages to your own family if you are in a position of power, especially by giving them jobs Word Origin mid 17th cent.: 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).
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