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Definition of "cronyism" []

  • Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cronyism" in a sentence
  • "Hutchison has laid out a detailed government reform proposal aimed at ending what she describes as cronyism in Austin."
  • "As Ned Sublette said a couple of days ago, some call it "cronyism," but there's a more accurate word -- corruption."
  • ""This glaring example of political cronyism is the last thing Florida needed while we face these tough economic times and the Congress is tackling critical issues such as health insurance reform and global warming," Thurman added."