Etymology
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nepotism (n.)

"favoritism shown to relatives, especially in appointment to high office," 1660s, from French népotisme (1650s), from Italian nepotismo, from nepote "nephew," from Latin nepotem (nominative nepos) "grandson, nephew" (see nephew). Originally, practice of granting privileges to a pope's "nephew" which was a euphemism for his natural son.

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Definitions of nepotism

nepotism (n.)
favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs);
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