clannish clannish  /ˈklæ nɪʃ/


  1. (adj) characteristic of a clan especially in being unified
  2. (adj) befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior



  • James 'Whitey' Bulger convicted of multiple gangland crimes

    South Boston's former mob boss is found guilty of murder, extortion and other charges in a trial many saw as exorcising a city's ghosts. He faces life in prison. James "Whitey" Bulger ran the clannish streets of South Boston for generations, an Irish crime boss from the brick projects along the waterfront whose rule was an open secret.        
    on August 13, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. Speaking on the way forward, former Governor Idris said, "Kogi State is supposed to be a peaceful state but we have some problems and this has to do with politics and the various clannish heads in the state. We have some people, who believe that...
    on Feb 28, 2008 By: Ibrahim Idris Source:

  2. "We tend to support people that we know," said state Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg and a Clinton supporter. "We're a very clannish state in a lot of ways."
    on May 7, 2008 By: Greg Stumbo Source:

  3. "This is a double-pronged task. It is very difficult to create proper, modern conditions for education and business and to destroy the corruption and clannish nepotism that has formed in the Caucasus over the centuries," Medvedev said at a...
    on Mar 30, 2010 By: Dmitry Medvedev Source: The Moscow Times

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