hypergamous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

hyper- +‎ -gamous

Adjective[edit]

hypergamous (comparative more hypergamous, superlative most hypergamous)

  1. Of or pertaining to hypergamy.
    • 1999, Susan Bayly, Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age, Cambridge University Press (2001), ISBN 9780521264341, page 124:
      This is, in fact, an issue on which modern anthropologists have been divided, particularly among those north Indians who are held to practise hypergamous 'upward' marriage.
    • 2005, David P. Barash & Nanelle R. Barash, Madame Bovary's Ovaries: A Darwinian Look at Literature, Dell (2008), ISBN 9780440241843, page 67:
      Readers can't help siding with Jane's heroines, so sympathetically portrayed in their efforts to get the right man, whereas Becky Sharp may well represent male distrust of scheming hypergamous females.
    • 2011, Vanessa L. Fong, Paradise Redefined: Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World, Stanford University Press (2011), ISBN 9780804772662, page 128:
      Some Chinese citizens even praised male Chinese citizens they knew for having enough status, wealth, charm, and good looks to attract non-Chinese women, who were presumed to desire the same hypergamous relationships that Chinese women were presumed to desire.

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