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A.Word.A.Day--endogamy

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This week's theme: words made using combining forms.

endogamy (en-DOG-uh-mee) noun

The practice of marriage within a specific social group.

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

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

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"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 U.S. Election; The Jakarta Post (Indonesia); Mar 8, 2008.

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