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- noun Act or practice of seeking a
spouseof lower socioeconomicstatus, or castestatus than oneself.
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But I can promise you that I never meant to suggest any romantic or marital strategy--far less anything as gross as deliberate academic hypogamy.
Experts say that "hypergamy" (male from Dwija castes) has religious sanction while "hypogamy" (woman from upper caste) would mean the real breaking away from stratification.