A clique is an exclusive group of people or friends. Before Rudolph pulled Santa's sled through the fog, the clique of flying reindeer never let him play their reindeer games.

In high school, the exclusive nature of cliques causes a lot of hurt feelings. Clique carries this less than nice feeling with it wherever it goes, whether it be a set of elites who surround a government official, a group of popular kids who don't let others join their group or the closed circle of people at the office who always make sure they get the best jobs.

Definitions of clique

n an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

camp, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
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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
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
an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
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
splinter group
a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization
left, left wing
those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
right, right wing
those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
old guard
a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas
pro-choice faction
those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother
pro-life faction
those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited
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band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups

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