inner circle


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in′ner cir′cle


n.
a small, intimate, and often influential group of people.
[1870–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inner circle - an exclusive circle of people with a common purposeinner circle - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
Bloomsbury Group - an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
bohemia - a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet - an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
loop - an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan); "he's no longer in the loop"
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto - a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta - a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia - any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect - a dissenting clique
galere, rogue's gallery - a coterie of undesirable people
hard core - the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
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It is only since I have joined this Society that I have been made aware that in addition to the general members, of which body I believe that the Duchess and I are the sole representatives here, there are special members, and members of the inner circle.
Now the great bull that had replied to the distant call leaped from the inner circle to dance alone between the drummers and the other bulls.
And Kasatsky wished to belong to that inner circle.
The target was not so far but that twelve out of the twenty contestants reached its inner circle.
True, as he knew himself, they were not the real inner circle.
It seemed to her that between herself and all the other people in the world, a wall had been built up and that she was living just on the edge of some warm inner circle of life that must be quite open and under- standable to others.
Our Inner Circle forbade her, but she had ever a will of her own and disdained discipline.
In the center of the inner circle, on a spacious platform six feet high, I've grouped a battery of thirteen gatling guns, and pro- vided plenty of ammunition.
The Court, from that exclusive inner circle to its outermost rotten ring of intrigue, corruption, and dissimulation, was all gone together.
Clergymen, judges, statesmen,--the wisest, calmest, holiest persons of their day stood in the inner circle round about the gallows, loudest to applaud the work of blood, latest to confess themselves miserably deceived.
The inner circle train from the City rushed impetuously out of a black hole and pulled up with a discordant, grinding racket in the smirched twilight of a West-End station.
The next day Celestine began her preparations for entrance into the inner circle of the ministry.