Definition of Out-group
(noun) Any group or category that an individual does not belong to as a member and may even feel animosity toward or compete with.
Example of Out-group
- The visiting team (opposed to the home team or in-group) including their fans during a game of football.
Syllabification: out group
- American English – /OUt-groop/
- British English – /OUt-groop/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈaʊtˌɡrup/
- British English – /ˈaʊtɡruːp/
- Plural: out-groups
- An out-group is “them”, in “us versus them”.
- Out-group homogeneity effect describes the tendency to think everyone in an out-group are nearly identical and any differences perceived as minor.
- Out-group is the opposite of in-group. One’s person’s outgroup is another person’s ingroup.
- Variant spellings:
- out group
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Cite the Definition of Out-group
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “out-group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/out-group/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
out-group. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/out-group/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “out-group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/out-group/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“out-group.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/out-group/>.