from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.
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- n. favoritism to friends without regard for their qualifications, especially by appointing them to political positions.
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- n. favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications)
crony + -ism (Wiktionary)