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(of a group or their activities) tending to exclude others outside the group.‘they are a clannish lot with no time for foreigners’
cliquey, cliquish, insular, exclusiveunfriendly, unwelcomingnarrow, parochial, provincialView synonyms
- ‘The people tend to be traditionally clannish in the rural areas.’
- ‘They also are seen as clannish and as a criminal menace.’
- ‘Highly clannish, these tribes were organized in tight kinship groups with commonly held property and a rough-and-ready sort of representative government regarding matters other than military.’
- ‘Borderlanders were migratory, blood thirsty, clannish, and suspicious of strangers.’
- ‘It's the clannish attitude which drove my parents and many others far from their heritage.’
- ‘The essence of the myth is that the English are standoffish, the Welsh are clannish and only the Scots and the Irish mix with anyone.’
- ‘‘People are loyal,’ he says, ‘and at the same time clannish - this is my group.’’
- ‘Basque immigrants tended to remain clannish at first, socializing with other Basques - often from the same villages in Europe - and patronizing Basque businesses.’
- ‘The county is notorious for clannish thinking when it comes to the outside world.’
- ‘Early Finnish Americans had a reputation for being clannish.’
- ‘Their clannish fights are the backdrop for our battles in the game.’
- ‘The English art scene in the 1950s was clannish and especially difficult for a woman to break into.’
- ‘I can't stand how limited, how clannish, how narrow-minded they are!’
- ‘By 1918, there was suspicion of German Americans and other ethnic groups who were thought to be too clannish and too attached to their Old World cultures.’
- ‘Also from ancient times onward, the more tribal or clannish a society, the more resistant it is to change - and the more often pressures for modernizing reforms must come largely from outside or above.’
- ‘A decision by the often clannish management of a small firm to let in outsiders can be monumental.’
- ‘The town, with its nautical history, its foghorns, its steep bluffs and clannish folk, is quintessential Minesota.’
- ‘The natural reaction for humans is to be clannish.’
- ‘They are insular, cliquey and clannish.’
- ‘The clannish nature of the villagers and townspeople was evident.’
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