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
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 or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
Origin of nepotismFrench népotisme from Italian nepotismo from nepote nephew from Latin nepōs nepōt-; see nepōt- in Indo-European roots.
- nep′o·tis′tic nep′o·tis′ti·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural nepotisms)
- merit system
- Paul's attitude towards nepotism was at variance with his character as a reformer.
- The nepotism in which the pope indulged is especially inexcusable.
- The pope was naturally proud of his family and had practised nepotism from the outset.
- He at once applied himself to moral and administrative reform; declared against nepotism, introduced economy, abolished sinecures, wiped out the deficit (at the same time reducing rents), closed the gaming-houses, and issued a number of sumptuary ordinances.
- Pluralism, nepotism, simony and all the other ancient abuses were more rampant than ever.