in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio) , -ˈma-rij\

Definition of intermarriage

1 : endogamy
2 : marriage between members of different groups

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While Orthodox Judaism is growing at a healthy pace, the liberal Jewish denominations are on the decline, with subreplacement fertility rates, high rates of intermarriage, and withering synagogues, schools and other institutions. WSJ, "Where Did All the Faith Go?," 9 July 2019 One of Maduagwu’s goals is to end the taboo of intermarriage, which will prove challenging. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 The topic of intermarriage came up during the briefing. Marcy Oster,, "Israel’s education minister calls intermarriage in U.S. ‘like a second Holocaust’," 9 July 2019 Before his assassination, Kahane advocated the ethnic cleansing of Arabs out of Israel and the criminalizing of intermarriage between Jews and Arabs. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 But Chabon's views on intermarriage, according to Boyden, will ensure the opposite. Eliana Rudee, Jewish Journal, "Author Michael Chabon's commencement speech ignites controversy," 6 June 2018 One cliché of epic fantasy is that any connection, let alone intermarriage, between orcs and goblins on one side and human beings on the other is utterly unthinkable. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic," 28 June 2018 Not only is intermarriage rising, but current racial definitions are also unlikely to hold. New York Times, "Whites’ Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse America," 22 May 2018 And Fiddler on the Roof is really a musical about intermarriage. Christopher Shea, Vox, "Many feminists find Philip Roth’s work off-putting. Elaine Showalter thinks he’s a titan.," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of intermarriage

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio) \

Kids Definition of intermarriage

: marriage between members of different groups


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Medical Definition of intermarriage

1 : marriage between members of different groups
2 : marriage within a specific group : endogamy

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