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Noun: nepotism  'ne-pu,ti-zum
  1. Favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)
    "the imputation that my success was due to nepotism meant that I was not taken seriously"

Derived forms: nepotisms

Type of: discrimination, favoritism [US], favouritism [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Nepotism