social group

Definitions of social group
  1. noun
    people sharing some social relation
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    body
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    society
    an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
    minority
    a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
    sector
    a social group that forms part of the society or the economy
    interest, interest group
    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
    clan, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe
    group of people related by blood or marriage
    kith
    your friends and acquaintances
    fringe
    a social group holding marginal or extreme views
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
    congregation, faithful, fold
    a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church or place of worship
    organisation, organization
    a group of people who work together
    phylum
    (linguistics) a large group of languages that are historically related
    force
    a group of people having the power of effective action
    platoon
    a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity
    revolving door
    an organization or institution with a high rate of turnover of personnel or membership
    band, circle, lot, set
    an unofficial association of people or groups
    gangdom, gangland, organized crime
    underworld organizations
    subculture
    a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs
    nonalignment, nonalinement
    people (or countries) who are not aligned with other people (or countries) in a pact or treaty
    form of government, political system
    the members of a social organization who are in power
    moiety
    one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe
    folk, tribe
    a social division of (usually preliterate) people
    front, movement, social movement
    a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
    Jewry
    Jews collectively
    wing
    a group within a political party or legislature or other organization that holds distinct views or has a particular function
    brethren
    people who are members of the same social or cultural group
    public
    a body of people sharing some common interest
    business, business sector
    business concerns collectively
    special interest
    an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
    vested interest
    groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
    mishpachah, mishpocha
    (Yiddish) the entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage (and sometimes close friends)
    family, family unit
    primary social group; parents and children
    folks
    your parents
    building
    the occupants of a building
    carload
    a gathering of passengers sufficient to fill an automobile
    contingent
    a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
    floor
    the occupants of a floor
    pair
    two people considered as a unit
    room
    the people who are present in a room
    threesome, triad, trinity, trio
    three people considered as a unit
    turnout
    the group that gathers together for a particular occasion
    foursome, quartet, quartette
    four people considered as a unit
    fivesome, quintet, quintette
    five people considered as a unit
    sextet, sextette, sixsome
    six people considered as a unit
    septet, septette, sevensome
    seven people considered as a unit
    eightsome, octet, octette
    eight people considered as a unit
    flock
    a church congregation guided by a pastor
    adhocracy
    an organization with little or no structure
    affiliate
    a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization
    bureaucracy
    any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape
    NGO, nongovernmental organization
    an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
    Tammany, Tammany Hall, Tammany Society
    a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism
    fiefdom
    an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group
    line of defence, line of defense
    any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something
    line organisation, line organization
    the organizational structure of activities contributing directly to the organization's output
    association
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
    polity
    a politically organized unit
    quango, quasi-NGO
    a quasi nongovernmental organization; an organization that is financed by the government yet acts independently of the government
    establishment, institution
    an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
    enterprise
    an organization created for business ventures
    defence, defence force, defense, defense force
    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
    establishment
    any large organization
    Christendom, Christianity
    the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)
    church
    the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
    College of Cardinals, Sacred College
    (Roman Catholic Church) the body of cardinals who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
    family tree, genealogy
    successive generations of kin
    civilisation, civilization
    a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)
    Fighting French, Free French
    a French movement during World War II that was organized in London by Charles de Gaulle to fight for the liberation of France from German control and for the restoration of the republic
    fire brigade, fire company
    a private or temporary organization of individuals equipped to fight fires
    assembly
    a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
    administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
    the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
    crowd
    a large number of things or people considered together
    concourse, multitude, throng
    a large gathering of people
    company, troupe
    an organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)
    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
    Peace Corps
    a civilian organization sponsored by the United States government; helps people in developing countries
    force, personnel
    group of people willing to obey orders
    corps
    a body of people associated together
    audience
    a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance
    community
    a group of people living in a particular local area
    municipality
    people living in a town or city having local self-government
    yakuza
    organized crime in Japan; an alliance of criminal organizations and illegal enterprises
    brotherhood, labor union, trade union, trades union, union
    an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
    cast, cast of characters, dramatis personae
    the actors in a play
    constituency
    the body of voters who elect a representative for their area
    electoral college
    the body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice president
    class, course, form, grade
    a body of students who are taught together
    class, year
    a body of students who graduate together
    car pool
    a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
    camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    Maffia, Mafia, Sicilian Mafia
    a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
    Black Hand
    a secret terrorist society in the United States early in the 20th century
    Camorra
    a secret society in Naples notorious for violence and blackmail
    crime syndicate, family, mob, syndicate
    a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
    musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
    an organization of musicians who perform together
    cohort
    a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
    confederacy, conspiracy
    a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
    Four Hundred
    the exclusive social set of a city
    horsey set, horsy set
    a set of people sharing a devotion to horses and horseback riding and horse racing
    jet set
    a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
    social affair, social gathering
    a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
    party, political party
    an organization to gain political power
    machine, political machine
    a group that controls the activities of a political party
    machine
    an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently
    company, party
    a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
    professional organisation, professional organization
    an organization of and for professional people
    bunch, crew, crowd, gang, posse
    an informal body of friends
    school
    a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers
    college
    the body of faculty and students of a college
    university
    the body of faculty and students at a university
    faculty, staff
    the body of teachers and administrators at a school
    civilisation, civilization, culture
    a particular society at a particular time and place
    open society
    a society that allows its members considerable freedom (as in a democracy)
    tribal society
    a society with the social organization of a tribe
    suburbia
    suburbanites considered as a cultural class or subculture
    youth culture
    young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
    psychedelia
    the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs
    alignment, alinement, alliance, coalition
    an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
    federation
    an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
    group meeting, meeting
    a formally arranged gathering
    covey
    a small collection of people
    representation
    a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency
    quorum
    a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
    mass meeting, rally
    a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
    autarchy, autocracy
    a political system governed by a single individual
    constitutionalism
    a constitutional system of government (usually with a written constitution)
    commonwealth, democracy, republic
    a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
    diarchy, dyarchy
    a form of government having two joint rulers
    gerontocracy
    a political system governed by old men
    gynarchy, gynecocracy
    a political system governed by a woman
    hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
    mobocracy, ochlocracy
    a political system in which a mob is the source of control; government by the masses
    oligarchy
    a political system governed by a few people
    plutocracy
    a political system governed by the wealthy people
    republic
    a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch
    technocracy
    a form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control
    theocracy
    a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
    black economy
    a hidden sector of the economy where private cash transactions go unreported
    totem
    a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
    Tribes of Israel, Twelve Tribes of Israel
    twelve kin groups of ancient Israel each traditionally descended from one of the twelve sons of Jacob
    phyle
    a tribe of ancient Athenians
    colony, settlement
    a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government
    commune
    a body of people or families living together and sharing everything
    hierarchy, pecking order, power structure
    the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
    ulama, ulema
    the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
    leaders, leadership
    the body of people who lead a group
    militia
    the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
    membership, rank
    the body of members of an organization or group
    convocation
    a group gathered in response to a summons
    commission, delegacy, delegation, deputation, mission
    a group of representatives or delegates
    occupational group, vocation
    a body of people doing the same kind of work
    opposition
    a body of people united in opposing something
    fair
    gathering of producers to promote business
    immigration
    the body of immigrants arriving during a specified interval
    inspectorate
    a body of inspectors
    jury
    a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
    panel
    a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc
    panel, venire
    (law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)
    bevy, gaggle
    a large gathering of people of a particular type
    cortege, entourage, retinue, suite
    the group following and attending to some important person
    art movement, artistic movement
    a group of artists who agree on general principles
    Boy Scouts
    an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys
    Girl Scouts
    an organization of young women and girls founded in 1912 for character development and citizenship training
    Civil Rights movement
    movement in the United States beginning in the 1960s and led primarily by Blacks in an effort to establish the civil rights of individual Black citizens
    common front
    a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together
    cultural movement
    a group of people working together to advance certain cultural goals
    ecumenism, oecumenism
    a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)
    falun gong
    a spiritual movement that began in China in the latter half of the 20th century and is based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices
    political movement
    a group of people working together to achieve a political goal
    reform movement
    a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms
    religious movement
    a movement intended to bring about religious reforms
    camp
    a group of people living together in a camp
    Zionism, Zionist movement
    a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine
    muster
    a gathering of military personnel for duty
    rap group
    a gathering of people holding a rap session
    rave-up
    a raucous gathering
    enrollment, registration
    the body of people (such as students) who register or enroll at the same time
    table
    a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game
    vote
    a body of voters who have the same interests
    blue
    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue
    gray, grey
    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey
    host
    any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event
    pool
    an organization of people or resources that can be shared
    diaspora
    the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel
    wine tasting
    a gathering of people to taste and compare different wines
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    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
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