Nepotism is giving relatives special treatment, especially in the workplace.
An example of nepotism is the CEO of a company giving his underqualified niece a high paying job.
favoritism shown to relatives, esp. in appointment to desirable positions
Origin of nepotismFrench népotisme ; from Italian nepotismo ; from nepote, nephew ; from Classical Latin nepos (gen. nepotis), grandson, nephew: from favoritism shown to “nephews,” or illegitimate sons, by medieval prelates
Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
Origin of nepotismFrench népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nepote, nephew, from Latin nep&omacron;s, nep&omacron;t-; see nep&omacron;t- in Indo-European roots.
- nep′o·tis′tic, nep′o·tis′ti·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural nepotisms)
- merit system