endogamy

(noun) The practice of marrying inside a specific group such as a clan or tribe as determined by choice, custom, or law and typically due to class, ethnicity, race, or religion.

Example: Nonacceptance of interracial marriage in some societies can be a formal norm and written into law but in others it is an informal norm.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: endogamies
  • Endogamy is marrying inside your social group and exogamy is marrying outside of your social group.
  • Endogamic norms can be formal or informal.
  • A type of homogamy.
  • Also called:
    • inmarriage
    • intermarriage
  • An (noun) endogamist (adverb) endogmatically marries inside their group to create an (adjective) endogamic (adjective) or endogamous relationship.
  • Endogamy used in a sentence: Orthodox Jews typically practice endogamy.

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