: a group that is distinct from one's own and so usually an object of hostility or dislike compare in-group sense 1

Examples of out-group in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet without policies that reduce inequality, populist appeals that depict out-groups as welfare sponges will only gain traction. Lars-Erik Cederman, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2019 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 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of out-group was in 1906

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“Out-group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-group. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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