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or ingroup

[in-groop] /ˈɪnˌgrup/
a narrow exclusive group; clique.
Sociology. a group of people sharing similar interests and attitudes, producing feelings of solidarity, community, and exclusivity.
Compare out-group.
Origin of in-group
First recorded in 1905-10; in-1 + group Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Comrades in an in-group have never forced these on each other.


    William Graham Sumner
  • So far as sympathy was developed at all, it was in the in-group, between comrades.


    William Graham Sumner
  • You'd have formed your own in-group, as prisoners, dedicated to your own welfare.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • This control by the in-group over its members makes for solidity and impenetrability in its relations with the out-group.

  • He describes the transition from contacts of the out-group to those of the in-group, or from remote to intimate relations.

  • These exigencies also make government and law in the in-group, in order to prevent quarrels and enforce discipline.


    William Graham Sumner
  • In the in-group it was so far from being an act of hostility, or veiled impropriety, that it was applied to the closest kin.


    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for in-group


(sociol) a highly cohesive and relatively closed social group characterized by the preferential treatment reserved for its members and the strength of loyalty between them Compare out-group
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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noun phrase

An exclusive group or clique, esp of influential persons (1907+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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