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[kroh-nee] /ˈkroʊ ni/
noun, plural cronies.
a close friend or companion; chum.
Origin of crony
1655-65; alleged to be university slang; perhaps < Greek chrónios for a long time, long-continued, derivative of chrónos time; cf. chrono-
pal, buddy. Unabridged
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  • There is no doubt that emerging markets suffer from crony capitalism.
  • The only clear winners are the crony capitalists, the rent-seekers, who run their businesses on special government favour.
  • Now, in the midst of depression, these countries are being widely condemned for crony capitalism.
  • He was a crony among cronies, whose relations have large business interests and fill several important government posts.
  • Second, cuddly capitalism has a habit of turning into crony capitalism.
  • There is a fine line between sensibly consulting the industries you are seek to regulate, and crony capitalism.
  • In fact, what they want is an end to the crony capitalist system now in place.
  • In other words, you are contrasting state capitalism with crony capitalism.
  • The banking system remains primitive and crony-ridden.
  • Then pamphlets accusing him of being a capitalist crony of the disgraced former regime appeared.
British Dictionary definitions for crony


noun (pl) -nies
a friend or companion
Word Origin
C17: student slang (Cambridge), from Greek khronios of long duration, from khronos time
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Word Origin and History for crony

1660s, Cambridge student slang, probably from Greek khronios "long-lasting," from khronos "time" (see chrono-), and with a sense of "old friend," or "contemporary."

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