Origin of clannish
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2. exclusive, snobbish, distant, aloof, narrow.
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Examples from the Web for clannishness
There is another trait of the Goriouns to record—their clannishness.Tramping with Tramps
The clannishness of the mountaineer has been the subject of much comment.Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies
Chas. G Mutzenberg
But their clannishness does not shelter them from all tribulation.
Thanks to their clannishness and pluck, they appear to be tolerably immune from attack.
Indications are that they have retained their clannishness to a considerable degree.Area Handbook for Albania
Eugene K. Keefe
- of or characteristic of a clan
- tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
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Word Origin and History for clannishness
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