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in-group

or ingroup

[in-groop] /ˈɪnˌgrup/
noun
1.
a narrow exclusive group; clique.
2.
Sociology. a group of people sharing similar interests and attitudes, producing feelings of solidarity, community, and exclusivity.
Compare out-group.
Origin of in-group
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; in-1 + group
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  • Comrades in an in-group have never forced these on each other.

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

    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.

    Folkways

    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.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for in-group

in-group

noun
1.
(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
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Slang definitions & phrases for in-group

in-group

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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