nepot-, nepo-

(Latin: nephew; grandson, grandchild; descendant [family member]; nepotism, et al.)

Said to be used in the Middle Ages by Catholic popes to show favoritism to their illegitimate children for positions of power. The use of  "nephew" was a euphemism for their "out-of-wedlock" offspring.

Of the nature of, belonging to or pertaining to, a nephew or nephews.
1. Inclined to, of the nature of, nepotism.
2. Holding the position of a nephew.
Excessively fond of one's nephews.
nepotism (s) (noun), nepotisms (pl)
1. Favoritism shown to relatives, especially in appointments to desirable or well-paying position: It is a known practice that some heads of countries use nepotism, or preferential treatment, by having their sons or daughters placed in functions with excellent salaries, even though they might not be qualified!
2. Etymology: from Latin nepotem, "nephew"; originally, the practice of granting special privileges to a pope's "nephew" or "nephews".
Favoritism shown to relatives instead of other people.
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Positions granted to family members in high political positions.
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Showing favoritism to nephews or other relatives.
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Giving positions of importance to nephews or other family members.
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One who practices nepotism or one who gives his relatives good jobs, or positions, usually only because they are relatives and not for their skills or merits.