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  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

First recorded in 1905–10; in-1 + group Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of in-group

Historical Examples of in-group

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for in-group


  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 themCompare out-group
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