spoils system

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spoils system

(spoilz)
n.
The postelection practice of rewarding loyal supporters of the winning candidates and party with appointive public offices.

spoils system

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party. Compare merit system

spoils′ sys`tem


n.
the practice in which nonelective public offices are filled with supporters of the victorious political party.

spoils system

The practice engaged in by a newly-elected government of rewarding its supporters with appointments to government office.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spoils system - the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
merit system - the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability
Translations

spoils system

n (US Pol) → Ämterpatronage f, → Filzokratie f (inf)
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