exogamy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exogamy marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Exogamy The custom, or tribal law, which prohibits marriage between members of the same tribe; marriage outside of the tribe; -- opposed to endogamy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exogamy The custom among certain tribes which prohibits a man from marrying a woman of his own tribe.
    • n exogamy In botany, the tendency of closely allied gametes to avoid pairing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exogamy eks-og′a-mi the practice of marrying only outside of one's own tribe
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. exo, out, gamos, marriage.

Usage

In literature:

How primitive was the condition of the authors of this medley of beliefs is best proved by the survival of the custom called exogamy.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
The law of exogamy was strictly followed in the case before us.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
They are exogamy, lineage and totemism.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
The American tribes, where simple totemic exogamy is not the rule, are organised in two and sometimes three or more, up to ten, phratries.
"Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia" by Northcote W. Thomas
The causes of exogamy are explained in the same way, by the fact that members of the same clan often live together in close intimacy.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
This explanation of exogamy is so simple that it seems likely to be true.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
How do your people feel about exogamy?
"Collector's Item" by Evelyn E. Smith
The instinct of 'exogamy' has no such striking illustration elsewhere.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
McLennan further asks: Whence this custom of exogamy?
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
The evidence from exogamy: the law which forbids marriage between persons of the same family name.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
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