Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.


1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a clan.
2. Inclined to cling together as a group and exclude outsiders.

clan′nish·ly adv.
clan′nish·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clannishness - tendency to associate with only a select group
snobbery, snobbishness, snobbism - the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
References in classic literature ?
Irish they claim to be, speaking of the North of Ireland with pride and sneering at their Scottish brothers; yet Scotch they undoubtedly are, transplanted Scotch of long ago, it is true, but none the less Scotch, with a thousand traits, to say nothing of their tricks of speech and woolly utterance, which nothing less than their Scotch clannishness could have preserved to this late day.
Then it was that that clannishness, which was his to so extraordinary a degree, asserted itself.
The novel left Irwin Edman with a question: Would Arthur Levy turn to embrace "a neo-mystical piety, a social clannishness, [or] a sophisticated revival of a naive Jewish culture?
This project illuminates through its stories the long-standing social traditions in China; the significance of clannishness and family to identity and power but also the nostalgia for familial territory and history that govern political and diplomatic decisions even today, a century later.
It is this displacement, Ross observes, "which allows him to see what the other black expatriates, in their clannishness, do not" (47).
The clannishness, secrecy and tenacity of Syria's power elite around Assad have deepened Sunni Muslim suspicions about the enigmatic Alawite faith.
18) He owed the formative years of his working life to denominational clannishness.
Sunnis often point to the wealth of many Shiites and accuse them of clannishness in business.
He accuses their clannishness of frustrating unity.
means backwardness and resistance to modernization; amoral clannishness and nepotism; Mafia and systemic unlawfulness; and the risk of hanging out in bad company [.
5) No matter how successful these programs are, however, in order for foreign military and civilian efforts to have an enduring impact, they have to fundamentally alter Afghan society's vulnerability to theocracy, xenophobia, intolerance, sexism, and clannishness.
Scots immigrants were always recognisable through native traits, distinctive speech, and alleged clannishness, even after a long time in America, but the next generation was even more quickly assimilated than the later waves of immigrants from Ireland, Italy, or Central Europe.