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1. Anthropology The custom of marrying outside the tribe, family, clan, or other social unit.
2. Biology The fusion of gametes from individuals that are not closely related, as in outbreeding.

ex·og′a·mous (ĕk-sŏg′ə-məs) adj.


1. (Sociology) sociol anthropol the custom or an act of marrying a person belonging to another tribe, clan, or similar social unit. Compare endogamy
2. (Genetics) biology fusion of gametes from parents that are not closely related
exogamous, exogamic adj


(ɛkˈsɒg ə mi)

1. marriage outside a specific tribe or similar social unit. Compare endogamy.
2. the union of gametes from parental organisms that are not closely related.
ex•og′a•mous, ex`o•gam′ic (-səˈgæm ɪk) adj.


the practice of marrying only outside one’s tribe or similar social unit. — exogamic, exogamous, adj.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exogamy - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
endogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
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Far from a static and unchanging monolith, Howitt and Fison describe an underlying and necessary tension between the principle of exogamy within the structure of a moiety system and the pragmatic necessities of local estate groups living in relatively close proximity to one another, containing members of both moieties but with localised identities, rights and interests.
Now we have a clear picture of logistics in the petition campaign encompassing knowledge of the Russian legal system; the employment of those literate in Russian; propagation through trade, sacred, and festival networks; and the Tatars' and Krashens' practice of exogamy, which made the wife a transmitter of information and rumors (44-48, 159).
It is evident that Gippslanders saw in this contrast a model of initiation as a passage from female to male, from 'mother's side' to 'father's side,' and from incest to exogamy in a network of reproductively interdependent territories.
Rather than cautioning that exogamy may signal the demise of the Jewish people, Wolf's novel pushes for acceptance of intermarriage as a barometer of social equality and a testament to the sacredness of love between soul mates.
Exogamy and totemism, mana and taboo, the horror of incest, complex kinship systems, spell and counterspell, puberty rituals, mutilations and tattoos, shamanic initiation experiences and paranormal powers, origin myths and the belief in the "supreme being" (not to mention other issues such as the one pertaining to the relation between magic and religion)--all these constitute an unsolvable mystery for the so-called "science" of the subaltern popular world.
Alexander Schunka focuses on "cross-confessional dynastic marriages" around 1700, exploring how religious exogamy affected irenic hopes for theological reconciliation and political alliances between the Anglican, Lutheran, and Calvinist royal houses in London, Hanover, and Berlin, respectively (134).
In the extensive literature on the economics of marriage, little attention has been given to understanding endogamy (in which marriage partners come from the same local community) and exogamy (in which the partners come from different communities).
First demonstrating the ways Victorian anthropology and fiction propounded antithetical positions regarding exogamy and endogamy, Schaffer then analyzes Mansfield Park, Heartsease, and--stunningly--Wuthering Heights against the landscape of evolving views on marriage perpetuated by anthropologists (as well as by Freud) to recuperate our ability to understand cousin marriages not as "sexually diseased or politically retrograde" but as many Victorians did: as productively modeled on sibling love and capable of fortifying the family (148).
Though this stereotype has largely receded, I argue that reading Roseanne as a liminally Jewish text about liminal Jewishness, and simultaneously dealing structurally with incest and exogamy, reveals that the very resistance towards identifying the Conners as part Jewish may stem from the taboo figure of the sexually abusive Jewish father.
EXOGAMY A Marrying only outside one's group B Total banishment C Secondary form of osmosis who am I?
In the ongoing absorption of various clans, multiplied by exogamy bringing in and perpetuating customs and memories at the hearth, Sor and Karimojong have always coped with difference, and so with change, including shifts in language and economy.