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[kroh-nee-iz-uh m] /ˈkroʊ niˌɪz əm/

the practice of favoring one’s close friends, especially in political appointments.
the practice of appointing friends to high-level, esp political, posts regardless of their suitability

1840, “friendship,” from crony + -ism. Meaning “appointment of friends to important positions, regardless of ability” is originally American English, from c.1950.


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