Definitions for endogamyɛnˈdɒg ə mi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
en•dog•a•myɛnˈdɒg ə mi(n.)
marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit.
Category: Anthropology, Sociology
Ref: Compare exogamy (def. 1). 1
Origin of endogamy:
en•dog′a•mousˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk(adj.)
en•do•gam•icˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk(adj.)
endogamy, intermarriage, inmarriage(noun)
marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
The practice of marrying or requiring to marry within oneu2019s own ethnic, religious, or social group.
marriage only within the tribe; a custom restricting a man in his choice of a wife to the tribe to which he belongs; -- opposed to exogamy
Endogamy is the practice of marrying within a specific ethnic group, class, or social group, rejecting others on such basis as being unsuitable for marriage or other close personal relationships. Endogamy is common in many cultures and ethnic groups. Several ethnic religious groups are traditionally more endogamous, although sometimes with the added dimension of requiring marital religious conversion. This permits an exogamous marriage, as the convert, by accepting the partner's religion, becomes accepted within the endogamous rules. Certain groups, such as Orthodox Jews, have practiced endogamy as an inherent part of their religious beliefs and traditions. In the past Roman Catholics traditionally practiced religious endogamy as well.
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