from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cliquish spirit or tendency; cliquishness. Also cliqueism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The tendency to associate in cliques; the spirit of cliques.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The tendency to associate in cliques; the spirit of cliques.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

clique +‎ -ism


  • Moreover, in other matters there were clashings between the real military commanders and the quasi-military civilian officials; and it was unfortunately the case that, in spite of Mr. Lincoln's appeal to loyal men to “eschew cliquism” and “work together,” there were abundant rivalries and jealousies and personal schemings.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • Who divined the innate cliquism of life on board ship and cunningly got together in intercourse the very people who wanted to know each other, and even brought into good temper those unfortunate souls who thought only of their own dignity and station in life?

    Crowded Out! and Other Sketches

  • He had to be careful to avoid any unpleasantness arising out of Maori cliquism.

    Over the Sliprails

  • The seductions of cliquism and presidentialism to which Blair succumbed are off limits because of the hung parliament.

    The Coffee House | Politics and News Discussion Forum

  • There was deep division within the team, caused by a cliquism that was developing which I had not seen so bad for over three years.

  • Cards and social pleasures (so called) cliquism, with the principles of mutual admiration so strongly in force there, have already seriously undermined the constitution of the British Chess Club, or the British Club as it is now more properly called, and the fate of this third combination from its original avowed point of view that is for chess purposes, may be considered as virtually sealed, unless chess be at once restored to something nearer approaching its acknowledged true position.

    Chess History and Reminiscences


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