: a group with which one feels a sense of solidarity or community of interests compare out-group
: clique

Examples of in-group in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of promoting jingoism and xenophobia, leaders should appeal to people’s innate in-group tendencies in ways that incentivize cooperation, accountability, and care for one’s fellow humans. Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2019 If anything, the in-group and between-group differences in economic value among the plaintiffs seem more like a matter for valuation of damages than a set of substantive differences that disrupt commonality. Thomas Baker, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The current culture-war backlash almost inevitably avoids talking about that material problem, instead focusing on in-groups and out-groups. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2023 This helps to explain his stated love of Reddit, where dorkiness and its attendant puns, references and values form a distinct social in-group. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2023 These included in-group and out-group dynamics as well as identifying prominent people and adopting their views. James M. Peaslee, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2023 In 2018, Buckingham was kicked out of Fleetwood Mac following an in-group disagreement after a MusiCares performance. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of in-group was in 1907

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“In-group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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