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endogamy

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noun en·dog·a·my \en-ˈdä-gə-mē\

Definition of endogamy

  1. :  marriage within a specific group as required by custom or law

endogamous

play \-məs\ adjective


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Marriage within a specific group as required by custom or law is known as endogamy. In endogamous groups, marriage outside one’s group may be forbidden, or there may merely be a tendency to marry within the group. Endogamy is characteristic of aristocracies and religious and ethnic minorities in industrialized societies but also of the caste system in India and of class-conscious non-literate societies such as the Masai of eastern Africa.

1865

First Known Use of endogamy

1865


Medical Dictionary

endogamy

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noun en·dog·a·my \en-ˈdäg-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of endogamy

plural

endogamies

  1. :  marriage within a specific group as required by custom or law

endogamous

\-məs\play adjective



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