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[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
1905-10; out- + group Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.

  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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