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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
1905-10; in-1 + group Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Comrades in an in-group have never forced these on each other.

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

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • The in-group when it is merged in a state by conquest and compounding becomes a peace unit.

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

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

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

  • 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


(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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