nepotistical

nepotism

[nep-uh-tiz-uhm]
noun
patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.

Origin:
1655–65; < Italian nepotismo. See nephew, -ism

nepotic [nuh-pot-ik] , nepotistic, nepotistical, adjective
nepotist, noun
antinepotism, noun
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nepotism (ˈnɛpəˌtɪzəm)
 
n
favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence
 
[C17: from Italian nepotismo, from nepotenephew, from the former papal practice of granting special favours to nephews or other relatives]
 
nepotic
 
adj
 
nepo'tistic
 
adj
 
'nepotist
 
n

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nepotism
"favoritism shown to relatives, esp. in appointment to high office," 1662, from Fr. népotisme, from It. nepotismo, from nepote "nephew," from L. nepotem (nom. nepos) "grandson, nephew" (see nephew). Originally, privileges granted to a pope's "nephew" which was a euphemism for his natural son.
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nepotism [(nep-uh-tiz-uhm)]

Favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to their merit. Nepotism usually takes the form of employing relatives or appointing them to high office.

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