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Friday October 24, 2014

Nepotism (NEP-uh-tiz-uhm)

Favoritism shown to family, especially within a company

Usage Examples

  • The board accused the president of the company of nepotism when his son received the promotion to vice president.
  • My dead beat cousin only got into Harvard by means of nepotism. My uncle is on the admittance committee.

Word Usage Tip

Nepotism comes from the Latin NEPOTEM, which means nephew. This can help you remember the meaning.

THINK... how can you use nepotism in a conversation today?

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