[ out-groop ]
/ ˈaʊtˌgrup /

noun Sociology.

people outside one's own group, especially as considered to be inferior or alien; a group perceived as other than one's own.
Compare in-group.

Origin of out-group

First recorded in 1905–10; out- + group
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Examples from the Web for out-group

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

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

  • Cannibalism was so primordial in the mores that it has two forms, one for the in-group, the other for the out-group.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for out-group



sociol persons excluded from an in-group

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