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Apr 15, 2008
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Words made using combining forms

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endogamy
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endogamy

(en-DOG-uh-mee) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: The practice of marriage within a specific social group.

[From endo- (within), from Greek endon (within) + -gamy (marriage), from Greek gamos (marriage).]

"A third of Americans have become religiously mobile -- ascribing not to their original faith. This social interweaving has bred forbearance to the point that religious endogamy has become irrelevant."
Meidyatama Suryodiningrat; Pride, Prejudice & Hussein in US Election; The Jakarta Post (Indonesia); Mar 8, 2008.

See more usage examples of endogamy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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