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nepotism

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Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.
Oscar Wilde
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From [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] nepotismo < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] nepōs (nephew), a reference to the practice of popes appointing relatives (most often nephews) as cardinals during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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Noun

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nepotism

Plural
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nepotism (-)
  1. The favoring of relatives or personal friends because of their relationship rather than because of their abilities.
    Nepotism can get you very far in the world if you've got the right connections.
    • 2006 Financial Times
      Mr Chen - a member of the national politburo as well as the Shanghai boss - is accused of nepotism and corruption on a grand scale: protecting political allies, granting preferment to his family and looting Shanghai's pension fund.

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