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



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 Originmid 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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