clannish


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clan·nish

 (klăn′ĭsh)
adj.
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.

clannish

(ˈklænɪʃ)
adj
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of or characteristic of a clan
2. tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
ˈclannishly adv
ˈclannishness n

clan•nish

(ˈklæn ɪʃ)

adj.
1. pertaining to or characteristic of a clan.
2. inclined to associate exclusively with the members of one's own group; cliquish.
3. imbued with or influenced by the sentiments, prejudices, or the like, of a clan.
[1770–80]
clan′nish•ly, adv.
clan′nish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.clannish - characteristic of a clan especially in being unified; "clannish loyalty"
joint - united or combined; "a joint session of Congress"; "joint owners"
2.clannish - befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

clannish

adjective cliquish, select, narrow, exclusive, sectarian, unfriendly, insular Teenagers can be clannish and cruel in their exclusion of others who are `different'.
Translations

clannish

[ˈklænɪʃ] ADJexclusivista, con fuerte sentimiento de tribu

clannish

[ˈklænɪʃ] adj (= cliquey) [group, family] → fermé(e)

clannish

adj groupklüngelhaft, verfilzt (inf); personcliquenbewusst; the office staff became unbearably clannishim Büro entwickelte sich eine unerträgliche Cliquenwirtschaft

clannish

[ˈklænɪʃ] (pej) adj (group) → chiuso/a; (person) → selettivo/a
References in classic literature ?
He was a stranger at the business, but they were not clannish, and they taught him all their tricks--what towns and villages it was best to keep away from, and how to read the secret signs upon the fences, and when to beg and when to steal, and just how to do both.
From all places near it the clannish yell of the enemy could be heard.
As a result, driven back upon themselves from every side, the traitors and their families became clannish.
But she was a clannish creature, and rushed at once to the defence of her brother.
For Patsy faced up to the cruel truth of why she had been welcomed into the clannish communities.
Though the clannish collegiality of military men and its disastrous political consequences are well portrayed, the disadvantage of the diffuse focus is that none of the main characters is sufficiently well backgrounded or psychologically notated for us to differentiate them clearly, and it is only about halfway through the book that their distinct features begin to emerge: one is totally and fatuously corrupt; another vapid, vainglorious, and sensitive only to his profiteering mistress; the third is a basically honest soldier whose conscience forces him to resign from his position of managerial power and to disclaim further responsibility for the regime.
Geese mate for life and are very clannish, and in most cases, introducing a new member to the flock takes some time and patience.
We should be glad that clannish loyalties no longer prevent physicians and other professionals from testifying against one another.
Back before the emergence of extremist rebels, Hezbollah had little recourse to impose its will on the clannish and fiercely independent region.
Have you faced resistance in this highly clannish industry?
Yemen is a good choice thanks to its harsh topography and conservative clannish composition, while the government finds it hard to control its long land and sea borders.
One school of thought might even dare to proffer that football and rugby shirts - with their connotations of beer bellies, jingoism, clannish local clubs, and weaving down Cardiff's Westgate Street half-cut - give off a far worse image of Wales.