American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of people united by common beliefs, attitudes, or interests and characteristically excluding outsiders; a clique.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose, interests, or attitudes, especially one that produces feelings of camaraderie, exclusivity, community, and solidarity.
- n. an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
“This phenomenon, called in-group favoritism, doesn't so much reflect bias against women as it does bias in favor of men.”
“It comes as no surprise that mainline Protestants do not have a stronger sense of in-group attachment, given that “mainline Protestantism” is a blurry social category.”
“• Ethnic minorities have a stronger preference for in-group marriage, in part because they have more religiously homogeneous social networks, but also because ethnic identification itself discourages religious intermarriage.”
“From a scientific standpoint a suicide attack represents an extreme form of parochial altruism -- a self-sacrificial act made on behalf of one's in-group, involving aggression against an out-group.”
“The more they drank onstage, the more they indulged a liking for obscure in-group nonsense, the louder the audience cheered.”
“This is a characteristic of extremist groups, not to target the opposite extreme, at least at first, but to target the closest competitor for the party mantle, people who might blur the distinctions between in-group and out.”
“We are unusually co-operative with, even altruistic toward, in-group members.”
“While religion promotes the in-group, prosocial side of tribalism, it also fosters the out-group, anti-social side.”
“For one thing, populations grow to the limits of the readily available food supply, after which they either curb their exuberence and sustain a balance between the birth rate and the death rate — a condition that nearly always involves in-group competition with starvation for the losers — or else they try to take additional food away from some other group.”
“But these are usually shallow things, compared with the solidity of the tribal in-group amity & outsider enmity pattern that has evolved in us.”
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