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[kroh-nee-iz-uh m] /ˈkroʊ niˌɪz əm/
the practice of favoring one's close friends, especially in political appointments.
Origin of cronyism
1830-40; crony + -ism Unabridged
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  • Her austerity goes down well with jaded voters tired of cronyism and extravagance.
  • But matters are worse in universities, where patronage, cronyism and secure tenure are the rule.
  • Bringing businesspeople into politics can also produce corruption and cronyism.
  • cronyism has also led to a proliferation of courses and departments.
  • They rely on rigorous selection committees to impose quality control and do their best to avoid any hint of cronyism.
  • Too much aid has been wasted by corruption, cronyism and needlessly protracted wars.
  • The reforms have yet to appear but the thuggery and cronyism are in place.
  • In government, mismanagement, nepotism and cronyism are widespread.
  • And state capitalism is plagued by cronyism and corruption.
  • But charges of wasteful government spending and cronyism abound.
British Dictionary definitions for cronyism


the practice of appointing friends to high-level, esp political, posts regardless of their suitability
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Word Origin and History for cronyism

1840, "friendship," from crony + -ism. Meaning "appointment of friends to important positions, regardless of ability" is originally American English, from c.1950.

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